What Does Our Nation Mean to Us? Rejecting the Culture of Hate

Demonstrators gather to listen to a speech about racial inequality at the Lincoln Park Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Now is a time for Lincolnian and Churchillian fortitude.

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in RealClearPolitics.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s we approach this Fourth of July, the United States is consumed by reckless violence, nihilistic silencing, and a systematic assault on the nation’s cultural and political patrimony. The voices of sanity are few, and civic courage is in short supply. The exemplars of such courage in the Anglo-American tradition — Washington, Lincoln, U.S. Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill — are under assault from angry extremists who topple statues with impunity and demand absolute conformity. Government at every level appears impotent as indignant fanatics rule the streets. We have arrived at the

Daniel J. MahoneyMr. Mahoney holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and is a National Review Institute trustee. He is the author, most recently, of The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity

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