America Rises Again
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|Democracy allows free speech, opinion, and disagreement.
It also requires civil speech and respectful attitudes toward others. Currently Americans are more divided by income, ideology, and racial tension than in any other time since the 1860s. America has lost international influence as a leader and role model. In America Rises Again, author Jerry Bailey outlines the historical issues that have bought us here and away from the founding principles.
Over the first two hundred years of its history, America provided an example of how free people can live and work to achieve success and prosper. As America set the highest bar for individual rights, the country became a world leader in technology, industry, and commerce in the 1900s. However, this achievement comes with responsibility. Past fallen empires show that power and prestige cannot last without attention to changes both within and outside borders. In America Rises Again, Bailey addresses:
• Rebuilding faith in God
• Public education
• Respect for law and government
• Balancing the federal budget
• Recognition of Constitutional rule
• Reduced federal government
While many of Bailey's suggestions are based on American historical precedent and common sense, some will incur a different opinion. All are worthy of thought and discussion, which is the purpose. Arresting America's fall so that the country will rise again will take a united effort for positive change with constitutional and democratic values as opposed to socialism.