The Importance of the American Spirit, the Perils of Ignoring It

From Congressman Parker Griffith (R – AL05).

The downward spiral of the Obama-Pelosi agenda is a direct result of either a terrible misreading of the American culture or a complete lack of respect for it. Naïveté or hubris, the lesson is the same – ignore the American spirit at your own peril.

The American spirit is not a theory or just a patriotic feeling, but the unique asset of the United States – the power to produce, to grow, to overcome and thrive. Whether it is on the battlefields, a Montgomery bus, or in the boardrooms, the American spirit is the innate power gifted to all in this country. It is the anointed weapon bestowed on us all to defend liberty, fight for our livelihood, and to clear the path towards success.

The American spirit is why the United States produces 23.4 percent of the Gross Global Product, yet we are only 4.5 percent of the entire global population. It is why, according to a recent New York Times piece, the top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials than all the hospitals in any other single developed country, and it is why Americans have received the Nobel Prize in medicine more often than recipients from all other countries combined. It is the American spirit that has led to the creation of an economic system that has made us the global superpower, resulting in incredible prosperity for ourselves and for many, many around the world. It is what delivers the oppressed from tyranny, food to the hungry, and relief to the inflicted. And, despite the risks, it is why immigrants continue to flock here, with over 700,000 each year becoming Americans.

Yet, this administration continues to bypass the American spirit as the answer to our recovery and, instead, pushes oppressive regulation, government takeover and gross spending as the way out. The democratic leadership is effectively telling the American people they cannot, and will not, have any part in their own futures.

I rejected that leadership philosophy. The American people have rejected it as well, evidenced by the elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

The culture of a nation determines its destiny, not the government that serves it.

I am an American, and I am a conservative. I hail from one of the most highly educated and inventive districts in the country. The fifth District of Alabama put a man on the moon, launched the first satellite into space, built the Lunar Roving Vehicle and the Hubble Telescope. It is home to NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Redstone Arsenal, and a copious amount of innovators in biotechnology and medicine.  The products and services that come from the fighting fifth District better the lives of people globally. Creativity and knowledge, coupled with guts and support, have meant success in my district. We know the power of the American spirit.

However, the Democratic leadership does not believe that the American people, given the encouragement and freedom, can determine their own destiny. Beginning with Cap and Trade legislation, and culminating in the debacle that is the Health Care overhaul, the Obama administration has been rabid in its efforts to impose the will of the Government on its people.

The right vision for a strong America is one that unshackles the American spirit to unleash economic recovery. The right vision is to bring down healthcare costs by encouraging medical students to enter the primary care field, allow competition in the insurance sector, and to encourage medical innovation. There needs to be an increase in the number of medical, nursing and pharmaceutical schools to meet the need for health care providers. The right vision is to put Americans back to work by incentivizing people to start their own businesses, to pursue education and knowledge, and to invest in their future. As lawmakers we must refocus our mission on upholding the values that are quintessential to the America way.  We must listen to the American people and champion the American spirit. It is and always has been the answer.

Whether it be protecting their country, their livelihood, their families, or their honor, Americans have and must be encouraged to call on their unique qualities to find success. It is only through fostering and enabling the creativity, ingenuity, and passion of the people it serves, can the United States Government fulfill its mission – to be a government of, for and by the people.

We must demand Government rededicate itself to its constitutional promise. And as Americans, we must stop putting all of our trust in a single person or party. We must stop merely hoping for the best – we must demand that our Government trust us and trust our American spirit.

10 thoughts on “The Importance of the American Spirit, the Perils of Ignoring It

  1. A committee-less congressman lacking respect from his peers is exactly the representative to protect and unleash the ‘American Spirit.’ What a bizarre post. Griffith’s press strategy since his party switch has been comically bad.

  2. Giffith may know the power of American spirit but he has clearly forgotten the power of congressional committee assignments – all of which he lost as a result of his self serving party switch. As a citizen of Alabama, I am left wondering whether the fifth district of Alabama will have enough money to keep its highly educated and innovative citizenry when our congressman has turned his back on the party in power, has yet to receive any support from the RNC and is powerless to direct vital government funding to our aerospace and technology sectors. As Griffith says ‘We must stop merely hoping for the best,’ he’s right, next time around we all need to vote and demand a new Congressman we can trust.

  3. I’m confused as to why Mr. Griffith criticizes the practice of government stimulus to business and science while he simultaneously cites the nature of these enterprises as the backbone of America. It’s particularly annoying on the science side. Last I heard, NASA was a government organization and those clinical trial were funded in part by the FDA and NIH. Is the Obama administration “oppressing” scientists (and in turn “the American Spirit”) by increasing their funding?

  4. That’s a strange statement. The words “America,” “American” or “Americans” appear 23 times, more than any other word that is not a preposition or conjuction. Does he think he needs to reaffirm his patriotism because he switched parties? “Spirit” is used ten times while “NASA” and “Redstone Arsenal” make a single appearance. I think he’s misjudging the role of a Congressman — it is primarily legislative, sermonizing optional. And someone needs to tell Parker’s new Communications Director that details matter in the 5th District:

    The fifth District of Alabama put a man on the moon, launched the first satellite into space, built the Lunar Roving Vehicle and the Hubble Telescope.

    She’s obviously too young to remember Sputnik, but I thought they taught that much history in high schools nowadays.

    • “That’s a strange statement. The words “America,” “American” or “Americans” appear 23 times, more than any other word that is not a preposition or conjuction. Does he think he needs to reaffirm his patriotism because he switched parties?”

      Obviously, Griffith is hiding that he is, in fact, a Russian spy.

  5. How ironic that Parker has chosen to lecture on hubris. That’s certainly the pot calling the kettle black. I’m glad that he didn’t mention integrity. I’d have had a difficult time getting through the rest of the statement. While I must agree with Parker on one point, that of his being an American, I take exception to the notion that he is anywhere near a conservative. Parker Griffith is an opportunistic charlatan and liar and has no business representing the people of Alabama any longer.

  6. Hello, my name is Drivel and I write all of Parker Griffith’s material now. Drivel, drivel, drivel. Even if this district goes red, I just hope it isn’t with Griffith in the seat, but it should be mentioned that he is definitely the GOP’s best chance to retain.

  7. Searching for the “American-spirit” like a truffle-hunting pig lumbering through the Black Forest should be the least of Griffith’s worries. Moreover, showing his face on Huckabee and attending pro-life rallies is not going to win him credibility in the District. He needs to prove that he still has a seat at the negotiating table when it comes to NASA and missile defense. You’re either at the dinner table or on the menu. Since Griffith switched parties he looks more and more like he’s on the menu with each passing day.

  8. Great point about the first satellite, Mooncat!

    I couldn’t even bring myself to read all of that. Just terrible. I hope he puts out more of them.

    Reactionary, when I first started reading this on my cell phone I missed the introductory line about it coming from Griffith. I thought, “Why the hell is Reactionary writing this garbage?” Glad to see you were just regurgitating the garbage!