America__A_Struggle_for_The_Soul_of_a_Nation by MonikaKam

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									Title:
America: A Struggle for The Soul of
a Nation

Word Count:
388

Summary:
As the only super power, America an
d its concept of freedom were chall
enged on one international front af
ter another. Sept. 11, 2001, and it
s aftermath in Afghanistan and Iraq
 have brought to focus America's id
ea of freedom and led to national s
oul searching concerning U.S. milit
ary activity in other lands.


Keywords:
America: A Struggle for The Soul of
a Nation


Article Body:
When the iron curtain came down in
1989, America's role as the great p
roponent of freedom dramatically ch
anged.

As the only super power, America an
d its concept of freedom were chall
enged on one international front af
ter another. Sept. 11, 2001, and it
s aftermath in Afghanistan and Iraq
 have brought to focus America's id
ea of freedom and led to national s
oul searching concerning U.S. milit
ary activity in other lands.

Now, within America's borders, an e
scalating struggle is under way for
 the very soul of the nation, and t
he outcome of that struggle will de
termine whether America is still th
e land of hope and promise it was i
n its early days.

Many Americans believe that freedom
 means the right to make their own
rules. Others feel threatened becau
se they see the very fabric of the
American society endangered by this
 self-centered concept of freedom.

The two foundational principles upo
n which this nation was founded are
 freedom and truth. Our forefathers
 envisioned a nation free from the
restraints of the English Parliamen
t and the Anglican Church. They est
ablished America as a land of freed
om based upon Judeo-Christian princ
iples. The settlers risked everythi
ng, even their lives, in order to c
arry out their vision of a nation f
ounded upon a national covenant wit
h their God, each other and their g
overnment.

In defining freedom, some choose to
 ignore the foundation of truth tha
t was crucial to our founding fathe
rs. But freedom without underlying
truth is like a ship without a rudd
er and will lead to disastrous cons
equences.

America is at a crossroads, struggl
ing to define freedom within its bo
undaries and throughout the world.
The issues that America now faces a
re the same issues our forefathers
addressed when they established thi
s nation.

What are the limits of a central go
vernment? What are the rights of in
dividuals? What are the standards t
hat must guide our conduct? How may
 our leaders impose these standards
 on our citizens and other nations
of the world?
These questions can never be answer
ed unless we view them in a moral a
nd spiritual context, and unless we
 revisit the rich heritage of our p
ast. How we, as a nation, answer th
ese questions will define the soul
of this nation.

William Hunter is the author of "Go
d's Covenant With America" (Brown B
ooks, $18.95), which revisits Ameri
ca's history through the 19th centu
ry and addresses these intriguing i
ssues.

								
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