Myra Adams: U.S. is ‘a direct result of God’s blessing’
Real Clear Politics
On this 244th anniversary of Independence Day, there is malaise across the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Those who follow politics know that “malaise” is the word used to describe Jimmy Carter’s “crisis of confidence” speech given on July 15, 1979.
“I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy,” President Carter said that evening. “I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. And I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might.
“The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways,” Carter continued. “It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. ….
“The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America. The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that