American exceptionalism refers to the special character of the United States as a uniquely free nation based on morals, ideals and personal liberty. These ideals are defined in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. In order for these ideals to remain a constant guiding light, they must be taught to others and passed from generation to generation.
Imagine your favorite restaurant, with all its special character and flair. Think of the things that this particular establishment does best. It may be the welcome you receive at the door or the decor of the dining room and its lighting, the quality of food and the experience of the staff. All of these combined create an atmosphere to your liking.
But how could this restaurant maintain a quality experience if the chef was just hired moments before she cooked your dinner and received no instruction on how it was to be prepared? If the wait staff had no knowledge of how to welcome you and ignored your calls for service, would it be an exceptional restaurant?
What makes the restaurant and America exceptional is the ever yearning passion that bonds us in a common goal combined with the people who are willing to make the effort to keep the best thing that mankind has ever known, personal liberty and a good steak.
How can we expect the visions of our Founding Fathers to last into perpetuity unless we undertake this role? Just as important, is the education of those already here to teach those visions.
If we, are as a country, willing to let anyone cross our borders to remain here illegally, we will surely dilute the vision of this nation just as a restaurant cannot survive with a revolving door staff.
Can we then truly exist as a nation? One of ever-changing values, morals, laws that are decided by people with no skin in the game? No real ties that bind us in a common vision of personal liberty?
Our current administration believes we can. On June 15, 2012 the Obama administration issued an executive order halting the deportation of illegal immigrants brought here as children.
Did Obama always believe he had the authority to end-run Congress and grant administrative amnesty?
Here’s what Obama had to say in March 2011 in front of a Hispanic audience at Bell Multicultural High School.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, temporary protective status historically has been used for special circumstances where you have immigrants to this country who are fleeing persecution in their countries, or there is some emergency situation in their native land that required them to come to the United States. So it would not be appropriate to use that just for a particular group that came here primarily, for example, because they were looking for economic opportunity.
With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed — and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.
There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.
Barack Obama has clearly flipped on his previous opinion of his powers through executive order. This is a move of political expediency, nothing more.
Does America mean the same thing to the people who come here illegally as it does to those who arrive through legitimate methods? Are they interested in preserving the vision of our Founding Fathers?
How do we maintain American Exceptionalism?
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