A Stronger America, A Safer World by Gov. Jindal

December 3, 2010 07:37

There is a tug-of-war going on in America today. Two different sides are pulling on the rope. The side that wins will determine what sort of country our children grow up in, and whether we continue to be the greatest country the world has ever seen.

Gov. Bobby Jindal at Human Events


Tugging on one side are those of us who believe that what made America great is what makes us great today: freedom and all the things that come with it—individualism, self-reliance, limited government, and personal responsibility.

Pulling on the other end are those who see Americans as sheep, lost and helpless souls unable to find their way around our complex world without the enlightened guidance of what David Brooks of the New York Times calls “the educated class.”

No, the biggest threat to our freedom comes from within our borders, not beyond them. It comes when we are tempted to bargain away, little by little, the liberties other Americans have fought and died to place in our hands.

All too often the sales pitch for bargaining away our freedoms for security comes from intellectuals and people in the elite who have an ill-disguised contempt (or little respect) for the American people. They operate with a basic premise: Americans are just not smart enough to govern themselves. This has been the cry of those who lust for power throughout history. Both fascism and communism were developed and created by intellectuals who believed people were too dumb to take care of themselves.

The stronger America is, the safer the world is. We have a moral responsibility to make our country stronger and unashamedly export our ideals of freedom, democracy, and self- determination to all who would fulfill the divinely inspired potential of every living soul on this planet.

Bobby Jindal is the governor of the State of Louisiana.


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