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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