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Fixing America's Character Infrastructure

Fixing America's Character Infrastructure

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By Friday, 23 September 2016 03:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

On June 22, 2016, at his Trump SoHo hotel in Manhattan, the Republican nominee proclaimed: “When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports or the factories moving overseas to Mexico, or to other countries for that matter, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton. Only by me.”

Yes, America has an infrastructure problem, but it’s deeper and harder to fix than crumbling roads and bridges. Our crumbling character is sinking us.

This fall, America’s well-endowed safe spaces (AKA universities) will provide coloring books to frightened “students” who can’t cope with life.

Northcentral University Professor Mary Jill Blackwell declared, “Coloring is like meditation, because it encourages engagement with the present moment. When we focus on the present moment, we do not worry about the future, ruminate about the past, or engage in negative self-talk.”

One cannot imagine these bubble-wrapped, infantilized, incessantly indulged brats leading or defending our country, raising children, or running businesses – let alone taking care of themselves.

This situation is no longer pathetic; it’s tragic. And, it portends disaster.

Last week, John Stossel hosted a program on Fox Business Network called “Rights at Risk.” One of his guests was Democrat strategist Jessica Tarlov, who tried to justify, constitutionally, a woman’s “right” to get free birth control.

I watched with incredulity as Tarlov uttered this gem, without shame: "The Supreme Court is there as a national referee, and it's important [that] the Supreme Court has the ability to set a standard of civility for the nation. We need to make life as easy as possible for people, and that's the job of government: to alleviate our anxieties and to make sure that every person has the right we are constitutionally guaranteed."

Earth to Ms. Tarlov: The Supreme Court decides the constitutionality of laws; it’s not a national referee or a standard-setter of civility.

As we can see, left-leaning universities, as well as devotees to ever-expanding government, claim to be hell-bent on making life as easy as possible. And, those attracted to their Utopian claptrap are inherently weak.

Paradoxically, these academics and statists are making life harder, less free, more expensive, and increasingly meaningless. They’re normalizing fragility.

If Republicans, inside and outside government, were equipped with spines, they’d stop this trend. Instead, they condone it, both actively and passively.

To wit: I recently attended a Republican event, where Dinesh D’Souza was the speaker. I expected the bulk of attendees to be hard-core conservatives. Wrong! The owner of a prominent local business approached me and asked about my consultancy. I explained that I advise CEOs on corporate branding, then added that I write for Newsmax. His retort: “Do you have any friends?”

In 1838, in his address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln admonished his audience: “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide."

Lincoln was warning us that destruction of America would come from within, not from foreign powers. He was, and still is, spot-on.

When ISIS-trained terrorists attack us on American soil, as just happened in Minnesota, New York City, and New Jersey, we typically learn afterward that law enforcement, especially at the federal level, knew about these miscreants but dropped the ball — because of political correctness. This is suicidal.

Donald Trump often opines, correctly, that we’re not strong anymore. Our weakness stems from our collective fragility, not dilapidated airports.

To fix our character infrastructure, Mr. Trump must inspire and require self-reliance: by cutting government, promoting business, and restoring liberty.

When that happens, America will repair its roads and bridges, and regain its brand as the world’s pacesetter.

Marc Rudov is a branding adviser to CEOs, and is the author of "Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO's Guide to Branding." He is the founder of MarcRudov.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.





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Donald Trump opines we’re not strong anymore. Our weakness stems from our collective fragility, not dilapidated airports. To fix our character= infrastructure, Trump must inspire by cutting government, promoting business, and restoring liberty. When that happens, America will regain its brand.
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Friday, 23 September 2016 03:11 PM
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