I wholeheartedly agree with one book review at Amazon.com: “This book should be required reading for every high school and college student.” In his latest book, Dinesh D’Souza defends America and its way of life, capitalism, free markets and all. This despite the fact that every single day the progressive left seeks to denigrate and tear down these aspects that make coming to America so attractive to both immigrants and the native born. His defense of America could be summed up in this quote: “In America your destiny isn’t given to you; it is constructed by you.”
Chapter by chapter, using documented facts, D’Souza diffuses the progressive argument against America, and all the while the theme “what would the world be like without America” is running in the back of the reader’s mind. D’Souza, himself an immigrant from India, is proud to be an American. Perhaps these days someone who was not native born can offer a more vigorous defense of America and its exceptionalism. This book certainly makes it seem so.
If you’re paying attention, it’s obvious that America is in decline at this time with the steam-rolling progressive policies of both the left and right. Yet D’Souza argues that need not be our final epitaph as a country. He closes out the book by arguing that “decline is a choice.” Here are a few excerpts in summation:
I pray this does not happen to America, sapping the optimism that built this country, and that I still saw a generation ago. And it need not happen: the crisis we face is also an opportunity. But we cannot delay – to delay is to convert a crisis into an irreversible situation. Then we will have not only failed ourselves, we will also have failed our children. We will have failed America when we were in a position to save her. . . .
This is a rare time when America’s future hangs in the balance, and when Americans can do something about it. This occurred in 1776, when Americans had to figure out whether to create a new country or live under British domination. This was the crisis of the creation of America. It occurred again in 1860, when Americans had to decide whether to preserve the union or let it dissolve. This was the crisis for the preservation of America. And now we have to choose whether to protect the American era or to let the naysayers, at home and abroad, take us down. This is the crisis of the restoration of America. . .
Decline is a choice, but so is liberty. Let us resolve as Americans to make liberty our choice.
If you are looking for a full-throated, reasoned defense of America in the face of progressive policies, both in our government and in our schools and other institutions, then you will find this book compelling. If you’ve ever read any of D’Souza’s other books, heard him lecture or debate progressives (including the likes of Bill Ayers and Noam Chomsky), you know that he will present a positive and even-handed approach to whatever subject he is addressing. Even if you’ve seen the movie, go pick up a copy of the book – it’s well worth your time to read.
Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!
© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2014.