Welcome to this series of articles on the American nation
Americans have always believed that this nation was founded on the idea of freedom, has a fundamental responsibility to the rest of the world. As first recognized George Washington, the “hold on the sacred fire of liberty” depended on the American people. These words are still true today.
Our series Understanding America explores how the United States’ commitment to the universal truths of human equality and the right to self-government, as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, requires a vigilant defense of the cause of freedom, both at domestic and internacional.Y to complement this series, be sure to visit our section of documents in which you will find articles and links to important writings necessary to delve into the issues.
“While other nations are united by ethnicity, a common religion or a shared history, America’s dedication to liberty makes it unique.”
This volume of the series Understanding America analyzes the significance of the founding principles of the United States and why their continued commitment to these prinicipios are important to the freedom in the world.
“The foreign policy of the United States exists primarily to defend the independence and interests of its people.”
This volume of the series Understanding America explains how the Founding Fathers understood foreign policy, why America has a unique responsibility to maintain and promote the universal principles of freedom and liberty that defines how the United States can not be separated from its role in the world.
“The Founding Fathers understood that if America has no sovereignty, no independence.”
Today sovereignty is threatened by international organizations and courts govern seeking independent nations in the name of “global consensus”.
This volume of the series Understanding America explains the meaning of sovereignty and makes clear why it is vital to protect.
“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of the American project.”
The American Founders recognized that religion plays a vital role in the formation of the essential virtues for a free and limited government.
This volume of the series Understanding America America discusses how religious freedom shapes American public life and why it is vital for peace and freedom in the world.
“To provide for the common defense, the Constitution guarantees the inalienable rights recognized in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
This volume of the series Understanding America reflects the conviction that the Founders, to keep the peace, America must be prepared for war. They understood that the public defense spending is necessary to maintain the required strength to defend freedom.
“While the United States is exceptional, has never been alone. From the beginning, America has had to deal with other nations. “
This volume of the series Understanding America explores how the principles of freedom that have defined America must also guide the exercise of diplomacy.
“The Founders of the United States always had a shining sense of the importance of economic freedom and the extent to which it is intertwined with political freedom.”
This volume of the series Understanding America explores the framework that the Founders established for economically free nation and what it means for America and for the world.
“The president must lead in foreign policy, but the American system gives the Senate, and through him to the American people, a powerful role and configuration control of foreign policy.”
This volume of the series Understanding America explains how the Senate and the president share the responsibility for foreign policy and why this balance of power is crucial to preserve and defend the independence of the United States.
“All men, at all times, have had the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
America was founded on the principle that everyone has inalienable rights, endowed by God or nature, and that the government should guarantee them to all its citizens. Today these natural rights are in danger of extinction due to modern notions of “human rights” made by international organizations and activists.
This volume of the series Understanding America explains how these ideas are inconsistent with the approach of the Founders on natural rights and what Americans should do to protect those rights.
“Admit those who come to this country honorably, armed with work ethic, seeking the promises and opportunities of the American Dream.”
This volume of the series Understanding America examines how immigration has strengthened the United States and emphasizes the importance of patriotic assimilation in ensuring that immigrants adopt the civic culture and political institutions of the United States.
“Protecting the nation requires a unity of purpose and power and can not be delegated to a committee or Congress. Founders realized it is our wisdom and strength.”
The Constitution creates a careful system of checks and balances that involves all three branches of government and puts the president in the starring role in national security.
This volume of the series Understanding America examines why the president is primarily responsible for ensuring the national security of the United States.