It's always hard to know if a column is as great as you think it is since, if it strikes deep enough at things near and dear, one might be overly generous in his assessment. Nevertheless, Mark Steyn has drawn sharp focus on what I think is central to our survival and our future prosperity.
"because it's the world's first nonimperial superpower the world has had to concoct a thesis that America is a threat not merely to this or that nation state but to the entire planet, and not because of conventional great-power designs but because — even scarier — of its "consumption," its very way of life."
In the supposed interest of fairness and the spirit of debate, I think conservatives are far too generous in entertaining "arguments" from those who loathe America from within and without, and as a result merely provide a forum for trash talk and an opportunity for the bashers to enhance themselves and to obfuscate issues to the point of demoralizing good and decent people
In other words, there is neither reason nor excuse for countenancing even seemingly innocuous remarks by liberals which are intended in the overall only to get you to think badly of America too.