This is an excellent look at America from one well informed man's perspective.He looks at what goes on in the country he adopted as his new home in 1982;having been born in Syria and raised in Lebanon. He has built a successful life for himself but seems to wonder if America will succeed or become like other empires who have falled in the past.
At times, he questions if America has lost its direction.He,at times seems to forget that the ideas that are the foundation of America are uniquely different than any other nation and made America the greatest country on earth from every perspective;and though not perfect,still is.President Reagan so well defined America as "The Shining city on the hill"
The founders of America, and those who understood what and why it was intended to be;made it what it was. There have been many people within America ,and most other countries who have opposed what America is all about and either disagreed with her and even felt threatened by what America stands for.The reason for this has always been that the ideals of America are centered on what is best for its people as opposed to what is best for the regimes,elites,ideologies and systems in place in other countries.
No doubt about it,it has been a continual struggle to keep America on track ;but it is still the country that places its people before all else.This is what has been its success,and will continue to be.All one has to do is look at the success of America,and see that people from countries all over the world want to be part of it and that the American people ,in spite of any problems,do not see better prospects elsewhere.
True, things have changed in recent years and there has been movement away from America's basic fundamentals;and they have not been for its betterment.
As a Canadian,who has lived in America for a number of years,it is easy to see the differences.
In Canada ,we have a much more Socialist form of government,and are much more inclined to believe in more government and look to and think the government is more able to look after the people than the people themselves,than do Americans.A good example is that our Socialized Medical system. While over 50% of all the money the government collects from our heavier taxes than Americas,long delays in waiting times,unhappy Doctors ,Nurses and health workers,long waits at clinics,abuses by so many who put nothing into the system and look at it as a "free entitlement",patients having no control and no idea of costs,and a system that has resulted in large numbers of people being unable to even find a family doctor.I use this as one example to show that more government and taking more money out of the hands of the people who earn it;and let bureaucrats spend it for them ,is not the answer.
If things are off track in America,as many detractors suggest,the answer is not to look to the way things are done in other countries,where Socialism and all its approaches has failed time and time again;the direction where America should turn is to return to the basic approaches that has already given her its successes.
The author makes a lot of good proposals and its time to get back to what America has proved to be the answer.This applies to my country as well;as Canada has lost its direction even to a greater extent.
In a nutshell ,we need to:
Emphasize that people should take personal responsibility for their own well-being and forget about looking to the government to look after you.
Quit looking to European systems and countries for solutions.This is
the source of problems,not solutions.
Learn to wait until you can afford things rather than going into debt
for what you can't afford ,but want rather than need.
Reduce the size and influence of government.Enact term limits for all
Reduce taxes.People can spend their earned money better than the
Take back the education of the children from the
government,elites,unions,bureaucrats,and give control to the people who
pay for it so that the student's interests can be put first as opposed
to the way it is today.
Oppose Political Correctness for the fraud it is.
Make the country's Defence the best in the world and
equipped,trained and manned so that enemies will face severe action if
it attacks America.
Strickly control Immigration,eliminate Dual Citizenship.Make Illegal
Immigration and Illegals so undesirable,that there is no point in
coming into the country,and those that are already here, will want to
leave.Multiculturalism is a fraud. Become a loyal national of the
Balance trade with all countries.Put Americans interests first. Be
America's friend ,or find someone else to trade with or help you.This
applies to Canada too. As for loss of jobs to other countries,especially
those who are not your friends. Don't trade for what you already have
and don't do business with countries who have principles and regimes
that do not have their people's interests at heart.
Strengthen ,encourage ,and celebrate the value and importance of the
America can and should become self sufficient in energy and not allow
itself to be held up for ransom by anyone or any country.
America was founded on Jeudo-Christian principles and it is time for
those who want it to change that fact to be exposed and opposed.
So,read this good book,and understand the strenghts of America.I as a Canadian ,am not trying to tell America what she should do;we have also drifted;and the solutions are rhe same for us. We have benefited from being America's friend and neighbor to the north,however many have looked to Europe for the answer;with similar results.