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America Remains The Most Powerful Country on Earth, But Does It Face Existential Threat To The Very Identity Of Who She Is?

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America was founded on an idea. This idea has carried us for over a quarter of a millennium and made us the most powerful and prosperous nation on the planet. But today, we may need to re-examine whether this idea truly facilitates mankind’s ultimate purpose. If it does, how do we carry the torch forward?

 

Simon Gao--America Daily Podcast

 

Join Zooming In host Simon Gao in conversation with Dennis Prager, Matt Schlapp, and Matt Spalding for this Zooming In CPAC special.

 

America remains the most powerful country on earth. But does it face existential threats to the very identity of who she is?

 

“Sure. If we embrace a socialism or if we allow external elements like a radical Islamic terrorists and such to disrupt our societies,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country.

America was founded on an idea. What is that idea all about? “It raises the question about what does it mean to be human? What does it mean to have an order, a political order that’s designed to allow for the fulfillment of the human soul and liberty,” Matt Spalding, Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C.

Can the nation, go back to its original design? “It’s not about going back to the 18th century. It’s not about getting rid of technology and changing our lives. It’s not going back at all. It’s about looking up,” explains Matt Spalding.

I asked Matt Schlapp during CPAC earlier this year, “Do you think America can achieve true liberty without faith?”

“That’s a great question. I think individuals can, adhere to liberty without faith, but I think for America, for the American government experience to really work, it has to be grounded on eternal truths that emanate almost always from faith’s traditions,” shared Matt.

Dennis Prager added, “The Liberty Bell, which is the iconic figure of American history, the founding of America, has one verse on it, one statement. It’s from the Bible:

You shall proclaim liberty throughout your land to all its inhabitants.”

 

Today, we Americas have to tackle the nation’s biggest challenges: The border crisis, socialism, China, turmoil in the Middle East and so many more. None of these challenges are easy, but the solution to all of these problems ultimately hinges on who we, as Americans, think we are? What do we stand for? Yes, we have a crisis going on in this country, but the existential threat we truly face is a threat to our identity.

America was founded on an idea. This idea has carried us for over a quarter of a millennium and made us the most powerful and prosperous nation on the planet. But today we may need to re-examine whether this idea truly facilitates mankind’s ultimate purpose. And if it does, how do we carry the torch forward?

I hope you enjoy today’s podcast and these conversations as much as we enjoyed engaging with some of the finest minds in the country.

 

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