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The late political commentator Charles Krauthammer stated, in describing the constitutional republic established by America's founders in 1787, that "[t]he American system was and is the most realistic in understanding the fallen condition of the human being." As a former psychiatrist and student of human behavior, Krauthammer understood and believed in the axiom that, except in rare instances, power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hence, the unique system of legislative, executive, and judicial "checks and balances" established in America's constitution was designed to prevent the abuse of power by one person or ruling faction.
Krauthammer was grateful for his nation and wished for his fellow citizens to join him in this gratitude. In fact, he states in The Point of It All that "you know firsthand in your bones what a blessed place America is — and the role we have played — in protecting our friends and protecting liberty." He agreed with Abraham Lincoln that America is "the last best hope of Earth."
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President Ronald Reagan once stated, "The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become." No doubt, he was grateful for America and the freedom it provides for its citizens.
Being grateful for something means being appreciative of benefits received and being thankful for something or some act that has occurred. Gratitude (being grateful) is important because it can lead to the character strength of humility. We Americans should feel both grateful and humbled in remembering and honoring our nation's formation and the many sacrifices of previous generations of Americans.
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Regrettably, in recent years, there has been a concerted, increased effort by many in the academic, political, and entertainment professions to criticize and...
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