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America Now the Land of Excuses – How Long Can It Last?

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Jacob Lane By Thursday, 22 February 2024 05:38 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

The once can-do American spirit has been supplanted by a lack of values and meaningful perspectives. We’re paying the price in more ways than one.

The good old days, when a trip to the store didn’t end in the now-familiar chorus of, "Sorry, we don't have it – it's 'cause of COVID." Or, "Yeah sorry . . . supply chain."

Seemingly, and painfully so America has swapped its can-do spirit for a "can’t-do this or that because . . ." mantra.

Worse is when consumer inquiries are curtly met with "Yeah, we don't do that anymore."

All these surly rejoinders frequently emanate from purported providers of goods and services.

Yet, the pandemic’s curtain call was last year. And we have been through far worse in our nation's history.

The 1918-1920 Spanish Influenza Pandemic, World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam.

And yet, we were told during the pandemic, "These are unprecedented times."

They weren't, and aren't. But for some, as we all too well-know, the pandemic never ends.

Think of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who faced down powerful adversaries on two fronts in World War II.

They wouldn’t recognize today’s all-too-convenient fallbacks.

It’s not just about missing out on our favorite products anymore.

We’re facing something deeper and something quite unsettling: a nation stuck in a swamp of excuses, slipping away from the innovative and optimistic spirit that used to make us the envy of the world.

Our forefathers laid the groundwork for a nation strong enough to withstand the most unpredictable challenges.

Yet today, their descendants seem content to cross their fingers and hope for the best.

But really, how long can this funk go on, and how did we end up in such a shaky spot?

For starters, the decline in patriotism, particularly among America’s youth, is a worrying trend.

According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans 55 and older were 3 times more likely to exhibit patriotism than their younger counterparts.

Even more concerning, only 18% of those aged 18-34 claimed they were "extremely proud" to be an American, a dramatic drop from just a decade ago when 85% of those aged 18-29 expressed the same sentiment.

As we brace for what many predict will be some of the most challenging times in our nation’s history, one must wonder: how can America navigate such an uncertain future with a rising generation that hates the very place they call home and the ideals that set us apart from other nations?

The erosion of patriotism, especially if this trend continues at such a rapid pace, undermines our national unity and the responses we devise to tackle the challenges we will undoubtedly face.

While it’s disconcerting to see so many young people giving up on the American experiment, it’s not entirely unpredictable given the dismal state of our education system.

These young Americans are, after all, products of our schools and colleges.

The steep decline in patriotism among our youth can be traced, in part, to an education system that has swapped learning for indoctrination. Supposed institutions of education and learning have also swapped the teaching of history for the infusing of "feelings" and "sensitivities."

Even with spending per pupil at record levels in most states, students are worse off now than they were a decade or two ago. Compared to 81 countries, the Program for International Student Assessment ranks the U.S. sixth in reading and 26th in math.

It’s not just a matter of poor academic performance; it’s also about the values and perspectives that are being imparted.

Take the San Francisco Unified School District, as an example.

Rather than focus on the basics, the district’s leadership thought it prudent to replace topics like reading, math and science with gender identity and other LGBTQ+ themes.

They’re hardly the only district taking such measures.

Primary and secondary schools across America have opted to ditch traditional subjects and curricula for alternatives, the most popular being critical race theory (CRT), which asserts among other things that racism is systemic in America.

This shift in learning priorities has had noticeable effects on students' abilities to think critically, despite the assertion from leaders in education that fostering this skillset remains a top priority.

According to the book "Academically Adrift" by Richard Arum, a staggering 75% of employers believe that most of the students they end up hiring lack basic critical thinking skills.

A good chunk of the blame for this lies with the absurdity enveloping school districts like San Francisco, to the point where most students who attend college aren’t even prepared to be there in the first place.

America’s education system, once a bastion of learning and critical thinking, has become an echo chamber of dogmatic views, leaving objective analysis by the wayside.

Is it any wonder why kids today hate their national identity or can’t think for themselves after being exposed to years of "education" that’s become more about ideology than facts?

A nation’s strength lies in its future leaders.

Yet, with our rising generation lacking critical thinking and a sense of pride in their country, we face an uncertain tomorrow.

The thought of ditching longstanding traditions and beliefs is concerning. But it’s more than just the potential loss of national pastimes.

It’s about losing a unique sense of pride that has always set America apart.

Our forefathers were far from perfect, but they provided us with the tools to make changes to strive for a better nation.

It might have taken much too long in some instances for that change to come, but at the end of the day it did.

Despite the many challenges we face, the pursuit of improvement has always been America’s driving force.

But if we happen to be called to defend our nation as past generations did, would we rise to the occasion? I don’t have a definitive answer to that question, and that itself is scary.

The willingness to sacrifice for the greater good has been a cornerstone in all our past victories as a nation.

As we look towards the future, the success of our nation hinges not just on economic or military might, but on the common pride and unity of our people. If we lose that, the shortages we face at the supermarket today might just be the very least of our worries.

Jacob Lane is a Republican strategist and school choice activist. He has worked for GOP campaigns at the federal, state and local levels, as well as with various PACs and nonprofits. Read Jacob Lane's Reports — More Here.

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As we look towards the future, the success of our nation hinges not just on economic or military might, but on the common pride and unity of our people. If we lose that, the shortages we face at the supermarket today might just be the very least of our worries.
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