By Tom Niewulis,
27 April, 2017
What caught my attention recently were a Gallup survey actually released in July 1, 2016 and a subsequent article called “Millennials And Liberals Least Patriotic Groups In America.” The article by Guy Bentley does a very nice summary of the survey. What hit me solidly is that we are seeing policy made every day at every level of governance including corporate governance that is being driven by groups that have little to zero understanding of what should be the American essence.
I define the American essence as the true culmination of Founders Intent for culture, economy and governance. As I survey how policy is being made I find that Sam Adams nailed it by writing, “Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.” Boy do we see a lot of that pushed in the schools and as a strong component of the college educated. Bentley notes: “Levels of enthusiasm for the country differed dramatically between different political groups and education levels. “Independents, Democrats, nonwhites and college graduates also show below-average patriotism,” said Gallup. What I have learned over the years is that two out of three of these groups are almost totally void of understanding why one should be Patriotic because they don’t understand Founders Original Intent for self-governance. Oh, some Independents get it but what I just said about Democrats and sadly a very high percentage of college grads is fact.
Bentley also points out that: “The biggest drop is among millennials, falling from 60 percent in 2003 to 34 percent in 2016. “Millennials’ greater reluctance than young adults before them to say they are extremely proud to be an American may also be a factor in the new low and, if so, could signal further declines in patriotism in the years and decades ahead,” said Gallup. In my conversations with Millennials it is clear that they have a sense of hopelessness with respect to economics, purpose and politics. They manage to say outright or by expressing their worldview that they have been taught that socialism is best. They have been learning this since high school. So what we have is: “Just 36 percent of liberals said they are extremely proud to be American, and a little more than a third of 18-29 year olds said the same.”
This group is driving policy through all the emotionalism we are seeing live in the media and at the corporate level by ‘social justice’ investors manhandling ‘annual investor meetings.’ What we get are now numerous ‘activist investors’ that follow the “Beyond profits: Millennials embrace investing for social good” to the point that it becomes radical in their approaches with a world view contrary to Founders Intent for economic development let alone good policy for governance. As with business, this same activism is affecting policy in governance such that it is following the Kozak plan (Archives on Kozak) to fundamentally change the US to something completely contrary to Founders Intent.
Why is Patriotism important and not globalist ‘we are global citizen’? Here is just a few thoughts on patriotism:
- “For true patriots to be silent, is dangerous.”—Samuel Adams
- “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”—George Washington
- “If ever the time should come, when vain & aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”—Samuel Adams
- “Patriotism is not a short frenzied burst of emotion, but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime.”—Thomas Jefferson
- “The American system, which divides the local authority among so many citizens, does not scruple to multiply the functions of the town officers. For in the United States, it is believed, and with truth, that patriotism is a kind of devotion, which is strengthened by ritual observance. In this manner the activity of the township is continually perceptible; it is daily manifested in the fulfilment of a duty, or the exercise of a right; and a constant though gentle motion is thus kept up in society which animates without disturbing it.” — De Tocqueville
- “Whatever exertions may be made, no true power can be founded among men which does not depend upon the free union of their inclinations; and patriotism and religion are the only two motives in the world which can permanently direct the whole of a body politic to one end.” — De Tocqueville
And there are hundreds more within the Founding era up through De Tocqueville that are very contrary as to the worldview and positions of “Independents, Democrats, nonwhites and college graduates.”
What is the answer and what to do about it? The answer is that Foundational principles must be made relevant to those that according to the survey are least patriotic. The educational system has intentionally deflected away from the value of Founders Intent for a Constitutional Republic and how it should function in all aspects of society, culture and economy. We must bring these truths to students as early as middle school. Yet let’s start with junior and senior high through grad school. Start how?
The answer is through the work of the ‘Samuel Adams Center for Political Science’ mentoring and peer-to peer development of the next generation of policy makers. SACPS.org brings Founders Original Intent to the realism of today’s issues because they are not different from the past. It is being proven that as students understand Founders Original Intent that their understanding of patriotism increases and their perspective on what good policy should be for our Republic is derived from the same ideals of liberty, individual and national sovereignty and economy that established this nation.
Contact sacps.org to find out more about how you can get involved and work towards re-establishing patriotism and foundational policies for a great United States.