History Appreciation

Via Instapundit comes this piece by Michael Barone that succinctly highlights many of the issues that have me worried about the fate of modern democracies:
[T]he military maintains old units so that soldiers will be motivated to match the deeds of those who came before and prove worthy to those who come after….Most Americans feel a shiver when they hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" played and reflect on the triumphs and tragedies that those serving under that flag have won and suffered over more than 200 years. You're part of something larger than yourself…

[But] elites on campuses [have begun] taking an adversary posture toward their own country. Later, with globalization, a transnational mind-set grew among corporate and professional elites. Legal elites, too: Some Supreme Court justices have taken to citing foreign law as one basis for interpreting the U.S. Constitution.
Read the whole thing.

[I have been asked to write a post summing up my experiences in Washington. It will come soon, I promise.]

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