July 4 In Special Times

We hold these truths for self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
A new period in history began with these words on July 4 1776,the era of modern liberal democracy. This idea and democratic American values spread over many parts on the world. Today these values are under attack from two sides. One side is the islamistic terrorism, the other threat comes from alt-right.
Donald Trump and Steve Bannon want to rewrite, how you define American values.
In this context a quote of one of the Founding Fathers of the American nation comes in my mind:
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism
(George Washington)
We see that Independent Press, an important pillar of democracy is under siege. But „there`s nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly terrible to tyrants and their tools and abettors as a free press.“ ( Samuel Adams)
Steve Bannon and like minded people want to propagate values as nationalism, patriarchy and religion, rejecting at the same time pluralism, egalitarianism and secularism. But the Founding Fathers wanted a separation of state and religion. „If my neighbor believes in one or twenty Gods, it doesn`t break my bone and doesn`t pick my pocket“ ( Thomas Jefferson). Steve Bannon and comrades believe in White Supremacy. But „no man is good enough to govern another man without this other`s consent ( Abraham Lincoln).
It`s no coincidence that Donald Trump admires authoritarian leaders as Putin of Russia or Duterte of Philippines, but he doesn`t like to shake hands with the German chancellor Angela Merkel.
If we look worldwide, we see an increasing right-wing populism. In USA right-wing populist have captured the GOP, the Tories in UK made a shift to the right, in France, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands and in nearly all European countries right-wing parties have a frightfully high percentage of voters. Certainly no coincidence, that most of these parties have very much understanding for Putin. And Le Pen in France had her campaign financed by credits of Russian banks. It`s part of Putin`s strategy to destabilize free Western world.
The USA have been, with few interruptions for 100 years the leader of the free Western world. And this was good. I say this despite the knowledge that there have been sometimes serious failures in the foreign policy of WH. I count to these the second Iraq war 2003, that among other developments created the conditions for the present mess in Middle East.
The free Western world most time has been and should be a community of values. The free countries of the world need strong USA, needs an America that is following its own true values als Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights for all. I put my hope on it. The time may come soon, the USA will be again the torch bearer of a Free World.

2 Gedanken zu “July 4 In Special Times

  1. Thank you for this post, Lothar, and for your good wishes for America. We in the U.S. have much to contemplate . . . on this 4th of July especially. The struggle between going backward vs. moving forward is making the ‚melting pot‘ of America boil so high that it is dangerous and volatile. This heightened state cannot be sustained for too long. Something will bring it to an abrupt stop, whether that something be very good or very bad.

    By the way, I’m very much enjoying your interesting angle on American, German, and World affairs.

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  2. Thanks & very well put! I completely agree…. I mean the man admires Andrew Jackson who is responsible for the Trail of Tears and it is shameful! I hope we can be a role model once again and soon….before my children have to suffer the consequences. 🎆🎇🗽

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