This week, the Free State of PIG dabbles in national introspection, with America's Greatness occupying center stage. We're going to confront American Greatness. We're going to discuss what it is, and what it isn't. We'll also discuss why American Greatness is so diminished in the 21st century. We think the decline in American Greatness is why Americans seem inexplicably determined to bulldoze that 'shining city on a hill' and replace it with a cesspool of class envy and tyranny.
Perhaps that decline is why Trump made restoring America's Greatness the cornerstone of his POTUS run.
There is no question that America's Greatness - real or imagined - is why so much of the world views America with a mixture of hatred, envy and grudging admiration. Around the world, many people would like nothing better than destroy us, but, failing that, they would really, really, like to live here.
The dirty little secret about American Greatness is the fact that so many Americans hate our greatness. Steeped in 'America sucks' from kindergarten through grad school, their stated goal in life is to destroy American Greatness, and make this nation conceived in liberty as impoverished, as full of despair, as terminally crappy, as garden spots like Venezuela, North Korea, or the infamous Ruskie gulag.
The easiest way to start pinning down what American Greatness is, involves stating categorically, what it isn't. American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, Elected Tormentors at every level of government. Their ideal isn't the rugged American individual or the fabled Minuteman, it's the back alley mugger whose livelihood is stealing.
American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, a horde of chronically needy parasites, who are no better than a rampaging mob of looters. They're indistinguishable from the rat bastard who throws a brick through a store's front window and runs off with a television set.
American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, the chronically-oppressed, perpetually caterwauling 'victims', whose only claim to 'infamy' is being born with politically-advantageous immutable traits (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation).
American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, campus crybullies, trigger warnings, micro aggression, safe spaces and Ivory Towers which no longer pretend to instill knowledge. There's nothing great about alleged students whose response to new knowledge is "shut up" instead of "tell me more". There's nothing great about alleged educators who let them get away with it.
American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, the race war fomenting thugs who call themselves 'Black Lives Matter'. There's nothing great about black millionaire athletes who seek notoriety by refusing to stand during our national anthem.
American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, Gender Jihadikazes who have declared war on objective reality in general and human biology in particular. There's nothing great about transgender asshats whose sex is determined by their whim of the moment.
American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, the border jumping scumbag invaders, who expect to be rewarded, thanked, for inflicting their diseases, their squalor, and their ethnically-cleansing gangs on us.
American Greatness exists in spite of, not because of, the Jihadikazes hiding in our midst. Their American Dream of a USA tyrannized by sharia-wielding mullahs is, in reality, a sovereign individual's nightmare.
Now that we've excluded, looters, muggers, Jihadikazes, border jumpers, professional whiners, and neo-Marxist scumbags, it's time to turn our attention to the individuals who exemplify American Greatness.
American Greatness can produce moments of inspiring courage, during extreme circumstances, as exemplified by the heroism shown on September 11, 2001. We saw American Greatness in action, when members of the NYPD and NYFD entered the dangerously unstable Twin Towers to save the lives of those trapped inside. American Greatness was showcased by the courage of the brave passengers on United Flight 93, who gave their lives to prevent another attack. They etched their American Greatness in our minds, by bringing the airliner down near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
American Greatness is exemplified by the heroism of two former U.S. Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. On September 11, 2012, in Benghazi (Libya), they did what SEALs instinctively do, when gunfire erupts: they ran toward the battle. Majorly out-gunned, they mounted a vigorous defense, waiting for American assistance that never came. In the end, they died like warriors, laying down their lives for an American regime which squandered these heroes needlessly. We the People honor their American Greatness, by vowing to make this once great nation worthy of their sacrifice.
American Greatness is a dedicated law enforcement officer, and true American, Joe Arpaio. After a distinguished, 32 year, federal law enforcement, career which made him the head of DEA for Arizona, Joe set his sights on the post he still holds, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. In 1992, this frisky, 60 years young, pup was elected sheriff for the first time. In 2016, after more than two decades on the job, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now a vigorous young lad of 84, is serving his seventh, four-year, term as sheriff.
American Greatness is embodied by inspirational men like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Rejecting their assigned victimhood labels, shrugging off the taunts of "Uncle Tom", "boot licker" and "house slave", they refuse to be suffocated by a group identity. Instead, boldly defying the Ethnocrat asshats, they dare to conduct their lives as that American classic, the individual.
American Greatness is that farmer, salesman, coal miner, trucker, or byte wrangler who puts his daily life on hold, then dons a uniform and ventures forth to defend this nation from its sworn enemies. They put their lives on the line...they go in harm's way, to defend the right of those so-called Americans back home, who view American Greatness as a cardinal sin.
American Greatness is the Second Amendment heroism of a Georgia mother who used her right to keep and bear arms to defend her 9 year old daughters, when a determined home invader found their hiding place. American Greatness is the unsung Second Amendment heroism of all the gun owners who have what it takes when trouble comes calling.
A more common form of American Greatness is the kind we encounter every day, but don't recognize. It might be that pimple-faced, perpetually smirking, 12 year old down the street, who makes you feel like an idiot when he fixes, in 5 minutes, the computer problem you've been fighting for 2 weeks. Try to ignore that 'you're still a moron' look, because that pimple-faced pest might very well be the next Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates.
American Greatness is epitomized by exceptional defenders of our besieged inalienable individual liberty, clear thinking voices of reason like Mark Levin. Unflinching, when it comes to our founding principles, Mark Levin, clearly defines the dire state of our liberty, then maps out the long, torturous road to the Founding Fathers' legacy. American Greatness is heeding his clarion call as We the People begin that rigorous journey.
American Greatness is that rugged individual who carves out his own, modest, outpost of capitalism through his hard work, long hours, and grim determination. He's not planning to become a full of himself slacker like a Kennedy or a Rockefeller, who is coasting through life on the borrowed greatness of a room temperature ancestor. This rugged individual only wants Uncle Sam to get out of his way, so he can test himself in the marketplace, and, if it all goes well, leave his family a little better off in the process.
American Greatness is a rank and file American who dares to pin back the Dumbo ears on a presidential candidate, by asking this mantra spewing meathead a pointed question. Despite the fact that the candidate showed up in his neighborhood, on his front lawn, Joe the Plumber had his life turned upside down, inside out, by Messiah Barry's minions. Shrugging it all off, Joe the Plumber kept speaking out. In the process, he showed that he, John Q. Public, had a better grip on the Founding Fathers' dream for America, than all the self-aggrandizing gasbags on Capitol Hill.
American Greatness is that rank and file American, who puts in 16 hours a day on two jobs so his son or daughter can be the first member of his family to get a college degree. The only reward he seeks is giving his children a leg up on the ladder of success.
American Greatness is that anachronism, the sovereign individual, who has the nads to tell the Nanny State to take their liberty-infringing safety net and shove it. It's the willingness to tell that persistent pest, Uncle Sam, "Back off, punk, I can live my life without your constant interference."
American Greatness is everything that our home-grown neo-Marxists, and their Dumbo-eared Messiah, hate about sovereign individuals. At its core, American Greatness is about daring to defy the Korrectniks. American Greatness is telling the parasites (in and out of government) "not on my dime", and "never with my consent". American Greatness is the willingness to fail, repeatedly, on the road to success. American Greatness is taking responsibility for your own actions. American Greatness is daring to celebrate your successes and having the guts to admit - and learn from - your mistakes.
Now that we've illustrated what American Greatness is, and what it isn't, it's time to answer the relevant question: Why are the Obamunists, Korrectniks and Elected Tormentors so determined to eradicate it? Why? Because they know that American Greatness and rugged individualism are joined at the hip. They know that you can't get rid of that pest American Greatness without eradicating individualism, from sea to shining sea.
As long as Americans dare to be individuals, they will continue to resist the Siren Song of neo-Marxist tyranny. As long as Americans dare to be individuals, who strive on their own initiative for greatness, it will be impossible to turn them into faceless, nameless, slaves of the all-powerful Nanny State.
Unfortunately, the Korrectniks, the neo-Marxists, have been very successful in undermining American Greatness and rugged American individualism. For more than four decades, they have been programming the clueless to reject their individualism and replace it with a group identity. They sweetened the deal by giving perks to group think minions, and imposing penalties on recalcitrant individuals. Those clucking "American Greatness sucks" chickens came home to roost in an election that made an unrepentant, Joe Stalin class, Marxist the president of this once great nation.
The enemies of American Greatness won't stop until every stubborn individual holdout is tracked down and fitted with slave of the Nanny State chains.
If you want to revive American Greatness, you must start by daring to proclaim: I am, first and foremost, an American, a sovereign American individual. I am not a victim. I am not a class envy-riddled parasite. I am the author of my own life. As the master of my own fate, my destiny is in my hands. I don't need to be coddled, protected or babied by the Nanny State, so back the hell off, Sparky.
The fate of American Greatness is in your hands, PIGsters.
Since We the PIGs first wrote, and published this rant, a lot has happened to further erode our American Greatness.
* The government cess-school chickens have come home to roost, with the emergence of the infamous 'low information voter'.
* An unabashed Jihadikaze-loving Marxist has seized control of the Oval Office.
* From sea to shining sea, card carrying members of the Jackass Party openly defy, demean, and destroy the U.S. Constitution.
* In newsrooms across America, propagandists masquerading as journalists parrot the Jackass Party's talking points.
* The Obama Regime continues undermine and/or alienate our friends while strengthening and emboldening our enemies.
* Obamacare is performing its prime function: the eradication of the insurance industry; the destruction of healthcare in America.
* Ignoring the Constitution, the Marxist Messiah is now ruling by decree, and assholes like Senator Schumer want to expand his dictatorial powers.
* Establishment Republiskunks joined the Jackass Party's war on the TEA Party by demonizing TEA Party backed Elephant Clan senators like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.
* The on-going assault on our American Greatness from within is taking a heavy toll on the liberty that we cherish. The looming tyranny is much closer now, close enough for even the willfully blind Obamunists to see, if they'd only get up off their knees to look at the drastically altered American landscape.
Have we passed a point of no return? Perhaps, but I refuse to etch RIP on inalienable individual liberty's tombstone. The heros of Benghazi...that courageous, gun-toting mama in Georgia, the unwavering wisdom of a Mark Levin, give me reason to believe that American Greatness might make a comeback, even at this late date.
I don't know if the American Greatness Trump envisions is the American Greatness that I remember. I do know that American Greatness is not on the Jackass Party agenda. Obama's antics are all the proof I need.
I'm tired of living in Barry's banana republic.