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Is the greatness of America the money earned by the few — multiplied in the stock market — or the administrative state that cares for widows and orphans, the sick and elderly?

Is it a built-by-Mexico wall whose origin is fear and whose existence embodies cowardice — or the generous and fearless care expressed by Lady Liberty welcoming refugees?

Is our greatness in the legal right to bear arms in ways so destructive by a definition of law it separates us from civilized countries — or is it in the morality to modify this understanding for the safety of our citizens?

Is our nobility in the enrichment of corporations — something feared by our founders — or is it universal healthcare that gives back the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to citizens deprived of it by circumstances of our culture?

Is it our nobility to choose leadership whose administration at its core is selfishness — or is it governing by authentic righteousness, justice for all, and a belief that we are "one from the many”?

These choices define corruption as self-styled conservatives — and many in both major political parties  — have chosen selfishness, greed and warped freedom over community. The greatness of the Western world remains the agenda fed by Christianity and nurtured by reason that avoids intrinsic selfishness at the core of libertarian philosophy. Instead it embraces the nobility of an America where government serves our needs, not abandoning us to unregulated individualism and mutual distrust.

Joris Heise, Bloomington

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