Part 1 of an examination of the U.S. Republic
The year 2020 is the biggest turning point in U.S. History since 1941. Not since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, has the country witnessed such far-reaching changes to the economic and social systems. Previously, the Great Depression and Civil War had the most profound impact on the American economy and populace with most citizens impacted to some degree. More recently, the terror attacks on 9/11/2001 shook America and resulted in significant changes to domestic institutions with privacy concerns and individual freedoms impacted as a result. However, the national consensus was that of unity and resolve to prevent future attacks even though disagreements over methods persisted. In contrast, the events of 2020 have had much more weighty results and have polarized the nation in a manner not seen since the Civil War. The covid-19 pandemic and the racial tension centered on the Black Lives Matter movement have changed the way Americans live and work and how they view their country and fellow countrymen.
American exceptionalism began at inception.
Growth of the United States correlated with an explosion of ingenuity and the quest for opportunity, tempered with hard work and the reliance on Judeo-Christian values. Over two hundred years of progress in the area of scientific and technological advances helped shape not only the domestic but world standard of living. Economic and social freedoms enjoyed by American citizens beckoned millions of immigrants to embark on a journey to experience the American dream. The story of America, while not perfect, has led to more immigration, both legal and illegal as people sought a better life and chance to be free. Whether that was for religious reasons, to escape political and military threats, or the time-honored chance to be a part of free-enterprise capitalism, the appeal of the U.S.A. has always been strong.
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Next up – Part 2: History of our republic.