“America knows how to deal with bullies. We defeated the greatest power on earth to gain our independence. In the last century, we defeated Nazism, Fascism and Communism. We have given our blood and treasure to help more countries and more people in need than any other nation in the history of the world.
We have not always done the right thing, or come up with the right answers—but what we have always done is to try our best. This is human nature. This is the vision our Founders had for us: this is the shining city on a hill, a beacon of hope to all that John Winthrop and Ronald Reagan spoke of and that the best of us still aspire to.
This is not the vision of the left. This is not their path. They apologize for America at every opportunity. Barack Obama tells his followers that voting for him is the best revenge. Revenge for what? Revenge for the slights, real and imagined, that America has given to others? Perhaps Dinesh d’Souza has hit upon the answer in 2016: the Movie and his book, the Roots of Obama’s Rage. Perhaps it is the anti-colonialist rage inherited from his father. It really doesn’t matter: it’s un-American.
To be American is to be positive, not divisive. To be American is to strive to be better, not to wallow in the mistakes of past. How many times have you heard the phrase “the failed policies of the past eight years” or “the mess we inherited”? In America, we take that mess and do something to fix it. We don’t make excuses. We get things done and we’re proud of it.
At Mitt Romney’s campaign appearance in Cleveland on Sunday, there were spontaneous chants of “USA! USA!” from the crowd.
I have never heard that from the left.
That’s not something you learn as a child growing up in Indonesia. That’s being proud of American Exceptionalism: not just when your husband is being nominated for the presidency, but all the time.
And so these are the two choices we have; these are the two paths we can go down. One is the path of optimism, of real hope, the path that makes America unique. The other is the road to serfdom, the path so commonly trod by many before.
I am confident that the American people will make the right choice tomorrow. We can do no other. We are, after all, Americans.”
via Election 2012: The closing argument | Washington Times Communities.