Celebrate the Miracle of America
A Commentary By Stephen Moore
In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden had this uninspiring assessment of America's current predicament: "The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: No miracle is coming."
Actually, as an American, I feel it's hard NOT to believe in miracles. As the great historian Paul Johnson has noted, that our nation -- "the last, best hope" of the world -- even exists is a miracle. That the greatest assembly of men at any time or any place in history came together to write the U.S. Constitution -- the most influential document in history outside of the Bible -- was a miracle.
The polio vaccine was a miracle. D-Day was a miracle. The inventions of the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were world-changing miracles.
The U.S. hockey team in Lake Placid couldn't possibly beat the mighty Soviets, the greatest team in the world. When they did, Al Michaels of ABC could only announce astonishingly in the final ticks on the clock: "Do you believe in miracles?" Well, the New York Mets did in 1969.
Steve Jobs, a college dropout, started Apple Computer Inc. in a garage, and it is now a $2 trillion company. That is a miracle.
The ability of ordinary Americans to come together as a nation, prevail over adversity and achieve extraordinary things is seemingly imprinted in our DNA. I've always loved Robert F. Kennedy's memorable line: "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream things that never were and ask, 'Why not?'"
That's a message for Joe Biden, Donald Trump and all our political leaders to take to heart as we battle a deep economic recession and a virus -- the "invisible enemy" that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans in six months.
We are so polarized, angry and anxious now that we are at each other's throats -- literally and figuratively. Many millions of young people are so down on America and so contemptuous of our past role in the world, which has been so obviously and overwhelmingly positive, that even the core idea of American exceptionalism is rejected. We are the one nation in the world that seems to highlight our flaws and not our abundant goodness.
I'm heartened and inspired by the "AmeriCANs" movement to stop the discord -- even if only temporarily. After all, this is a campaign season. AmeriCANs isn't political. In fact, it is sponsored by a group called Pause Politics.
We can and should come together in a patriotic celebration of our past and our combined goodness and our compassion. Millions of people can make positive change -- not by tearing down but by building up and by contributing to positive outcomes. Not by burning down in the fits of rage we all feel from time to time these days but by lighting candles and lending a helping hand.
Imagine if we had thousands and thousands of young people from Black Lives Matter to conservative and church groups, dedicating themselves in the weeks ahead to repairing the damage to Kenosha, Wisconsin; Chicago; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle. What better way to heal than by putting politics aside to advance justice and peace? The whole nation and the whole world would be watching this latest American miracle.
Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks. He is the co-author of "Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive the American Economy." To find out more about Stephen Moore and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
COPYRIGHT 2020 CREATORS.COM
See Other Political Commentaries.
See Other Commentaries by Stephen Moore.
Views expressed in this column are those of the author, not those of Rasmussen Reports. Comments about this content should be directed to the author or syndicate.
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.