By Greg Drobny
Land of the free, home of the brave, and all that good stuff.
A country born from the concept of individual freedom and a place where liberty was a cause worth dying for, the United States quickly became known as the land where one could make their dreams come true if one worked hard enough.
The ideology of personal responsibility and freedom of choice laid the foundation for what would become the greatest country on earth in a very short amount of time.
People like Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay echoed the philosophy of thinkers like John Locke by stating that large governments did more to impede growth than they did to foster it. They fought to promote the line of thought that men in power hundreds or even thousands of miles away did not have the best interests of the people in mind.
And they were willing to die for that ideology.
But somewhere along the way we seem to have gotten lost. We as a country have forgotten what it was that made it a place where people from all over the world wished to come and make a better life for their families.
We have instead become a nation made up of large groups of people who believe that it is the government’s job to fix the numerous problems we see in our everyday lives. There is a huge percentage of the populace who will shout wildly and loudly that it is not the individual’s responsibility for greatness, but the government’s—that the individual can’t be trusted with freedom because it is not in the best interest of “the people.”
This line of thought is directly counter to how and why these United States came to be in the first place.
When Benjamin Franklin stated that “Those who would give up essential liberty a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” he was speaking plainly about the idea that one cannot have a government that is completely responsible for individual well-being while maintaining freedom. Yet his words ring even more true today than in the 18th Century.
America today is a place where children are suspended from school for making pop tarts into the shape of a gun, mayors of major cities put bans on the size of a soda, and lemonade stands run by little girls have been shut down due to not having proper permits. We have let fear dictate our political wills and desires and thrown liberty under the bus in favor of the nanny state.
In short, we have been led astray by those with shrieking voices rather than the cool and collected logic that once set us apart from the world.
Unapologetically American is designed to counter this trend. A blog that will pull no punches and, as the name suggests, make no apologies for all the greatness contained within America or be sorry for pointing out where it is decidedly off target.
This is a website that will be dedicated to all the things that have made America awesome in the past and can do so again in the future—that is, if we make it so.
We believe strongly in personal responsibility and the freedom to make your own way. If you want something, earn it.
As such, this will be a place where opinions may differ, but the default will be liberty for the individual—no matter how we disagree, we will champion that ideology and what it can offer. This holds true for all, regardless of their race, color, creed, or desire to mate unicorns and harvest their tears for medical cures.
You may not like everything written here. You may disagree with several points made by some of our authors. But I can assure you that nothing here, regardless of how much humor and snark is involved (of which there will be plenty) will be shallow in thought or ignorant of the myriad issues that face our country.
We are not here to support a particular political party. Point of fact, most of us believe that the nature of politics today is a big part of the problem.
So if you hold a certain party/politician in high regard, get ready to be offended because none of them are sacred. If there’s a bureaucrat striving to reduce your freedom, rest assured we will call them out loudly.
It is also not our intent to support any particular culture other than that of liberty. If you think that only means one type of people, then you will be sorely disappointed.
No, it is our goal to be committed to those who work towards making America a better place. The American worker—be they a teacher, a soldier, a steelworker, a farmer, or businessman—once made this into the greatest place on earth. We are here to celebrate that and call out those who intend to infringe upon that ideology.
And we are unapologetic about it.