America and Its People: A View from Without and Reflection From Within

Sometimes it is best to see yourself through the eyes of others – how you present yourself over how you see yourself being presented; as well as having the advantage to correct personal flaws, et cetera.
Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to America from France in the 19th century and the result was his book Democracy in America, published in two volumes, one in 1835 and the second in 1840 and has become a classic French text describing the United States in the 1830s – its strengths and weaknesses.
Alexis de Tocqueville was 25 years old when he and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system in 1831. However, Tocqueville was so in other aspects of American society he spent time in researching. The two gentlemen also visited Canada briefly, spending a few days there in the summer of 1831 in Quebec and Ontario. After submitting his report in 1832, as he was commissioned to do, he began to work on his book.

The gist of Tocqueville’s book was an analysis of how the republican representative democracy succeeded in the United States, while others had failed in other places. He also speculated upon the progress of a democratic representative republic would it would degenerate into soft despotism. He wrote that there is a risk of developing a tyranny of the majority. He also observed that there was a strong role of religion that played a part in the principles of government, yet it was separated from the government that was agreeable to the general public. He contrasted his findings in comparison to France where there was antagonism between democrats and religion, which he describes due to the connection between church and state.
In Tocqueville’s second volume, he describes American civil society as a sphere of private and civilian affairs[1] published in 1840 and is still used today as reference in sociology courses. His writings reflected an admiration for political freedom and individualism, as well as civic humanism. [2] 
Tocqueville’s views on America turned sour, however, after 1840, as reflected in his letters and papers published by Aurelian Craiutu.
His two-volume book was popular in Europe and the United States and had an impact upon the French population. By the 20th century it became a classic work of political science, social science, and history; and has been assigned reading for undergraduates of US universities who are majoring in political or social science.
Bernard-Henri Lévy wrote a book In the Footsteps of Tocqueville, an update, if you will, using the intellect of Alexis de Tocqueville and an objective look at America in modern times. The article America in Foreign Eyes was published in The Atlantic in April of 2005, the author describing his journey throughout the United States, visiting various cities, historic sites, landmarks, malls, and churches and commenting on American society and culture as perceived from an outsides source – just as Tocqueville did in the 18th century. Lévy provided an intellectual discussion in The Atlantic 2005 article aforementioned with questions from David Brooks
[NOTE: Notice strange resemblance of Tocqueville and Levy, both pictured above]  
He stated, in brief:
I belong to the type of European who has been partly shaped by American culture. William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, and so on shaped my sensibility and my mentality. … In the sixties I went to Memphis to see the house of Elvis Presley with some emotion. So for somebody like me, to be in America is in a way like coming back home. There are a lot of French, a lot of Europeans, who don’t go in for this stupid anti-Americanism and who feel at home in America. … I come from a country where religion, the faith, the creed in God, is a declining attitude. Old churches are in a deep crisis. But I landed in a country last year where you cannot find one American – lady or gentleman – saying that he doesn’t believe in God. Tocqueville had seen that already.
An article was written in May of 2005 of The Atlantic entitled In the Footsteps of Tocqueville, in which Mr. Lévy writes of his book, translated by Charlotte Mandell. He comments how everywhere he sees American flags or some symbol of America. He writes:
It’s a little strange, this obsession with the flag. It’s incomprehensible for someone who, like me, comes from a country without a flag – where the flag has, so to speak, disappeared …
After spending a bit of time investigating American prisons in New York, he leaves the melting pot of a city and spends the night in a chalet that had been transformed into a bed-and-breakfast. He describes the intense love of baseball that Americans have after visiting a baseball museum.
Pravda, translated from Russian means Truth. It is the name of a popular newspaper in Russia that was once a communist mouthpiece in the former Soviet Union, founded in St. Petersburg in 1912 and in 1918 it arrived in Moscow. Pravda Online is published by former Pravda newspaper employees, a tabloid-style news source in Russia formed after the newspaper closed down in 1991 by the order of President Boris Yeltsin. It is currently the best selling tabloid in Russia. Stanislav Mishin has published articles at Pravda and he publishes his own blog with the following quotation from St. Prince 

Alexander Nevsky13th century Russian prince:

Whosoever shall come to us with the sword shall perish by it. Upon this stood and stands the land of Russia.
He also quotes from the Holy BibleRomans 8:31:
If God be with us who can be against us?
He wrote in the article entitled Yes My Dear, Actions Do Have Consequences, on February 26th, 2010:
As previously in the Bush Regime, so too now in the Obama regime, the masters of the universe are learning that their actions do have consequences. This week news came that the Germans, led by Merkel, are demanding the instant removal of American nuclear weapons from their soil and I am sure, soon enough, the remainder of American forces. Germany, after numerous betrayals and back stabs, has had enough. … What am I speaking off? Why the backing out at the 11th hour and 59th minute of American Government Motors (GM) from the sale of Opel, which was a betrayal of RussiaCanada and Germany. … Then came news that the Americans, who had promised, under Obama, to stop the Bush idiotic plan of placing missile interceptors in Poland, had been lying all along. True, instead of placing siloed missiles, they will be posting mobile missile batteries in Poland, and not only Poland but in Bulgaria and maybe Georgia, as well as even trying to get them into Ukraine.
In 1953 Joseph Stalin died marking the beginning of the end of an era for the Soviet Union as well as the Gulag and other aspects of tyranny under the thumb of communism. In the same year, S.S. Mamulov, deputy minister of internal affairs, made his proposal with Lavrenty Beria and Georgy Malenkov that led to the eventual breakup of the infamous Gulag labor camp system, a system that was based on the principles of a prison system and labor camp, a place where once someone was incarcerated their chance of ever leaving alive were slim. 
However, the Russian prison system wouldn’t truly be reformed until President Dmitry Medvedev [behind Putin in photo left] announced it in response to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who entered pretrial detention healthy and died in pain 11 months later.
Petty thieves and those who committed some form of political crime were incarcerated with hardened and violent criminals. Stalin’s Gulag was not paying for itself, as was the intention of the labor camp system, neither was it an effective retraining establishment. 
In its history 18 million Russians, included were Americans who had mistakenly believed Stalin’s promise of jobs and prosperity in the 1930s, victims of Stalin’s Great Terror [Great Purge]. 
As Aleksi Tikhonov wrote in The End of the Gulag, Hoover Press:
The irony of this “beginning of the end” of the Gulag system is that the real author of the amnesty, Mamulov, later served fifteen years in prison himself and was not covered by the amnesty. Beria, the feared MVD minister, suffered an even worse fate: he was the last major political figure in Soviet history to be executed.
Some Americans have warned that the one time icon of freedom and liberty is heading toward the path of the Bolsheviks, of government control and oppression, and indeed towards an American Gulag after the revelation of the design, existence, and maintenance of the FEMA Camps.

Stanislav Mishin wrote in the PravdaAmerican Descent into Marxism Happening with Breathtaking Speed … observing the progressive movement and its process of recreating an American form of government that was established long ago through the eyes of someone who knows what Marxism leads to and to know with new found freedom under the oppression of the elite and corrupt of the Soviet Union – watching with relief the collapse of the Berlin Wall and then the Soviet Union, symbol of the end result of Marxism. He wrote:
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant peopleTrue, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds were conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists. Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters. 

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite tv dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy.” … The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been record setting, not just in America‘s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe. . . First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. …

These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress (parliament). …

Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride. Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper… The proud American will go down into his slavery with out a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.

Stanislav has described much of how many foreigners view America, especially those citizens in the former Soviet Bloc nations who have been freed of Soviet rule and are struggling to make their place among free nations, first provided hope of protection from those who still look to those nations hungrily encouraged by strong foreign policy of the Bush administration. The Obama Nation administration has dissolved all of that, condescending towards those who are enemies of free nations, weakening America’s foreign policy and alliances, and speeding up the runaway train of Marxism in America.
Never trust a government that views Tea Party Patriots as a threat instead of a large number of Americans who are fed up with those sitting on both sides of the political aisle in Congress, members of the traditional two-party system of Democrats and Republicans.
Beginning in the turbulent 1960s, the Marxists have gain control that was envisioned by socialists in the 1930s, and the vision of domination of the labor force by corrupt labor and trade unions, the beginning of the 21st century doesn’t fare well in the hopes for America’s future as a representative democratic republic for which it was painstakingly formed by those who saw the values of classic education, individual freedom and the right of freedom of choice.
The symbolic temptation of the forbidden fruit in the Book of Genesis has been greedily grasped by selfish Americans who once proudly displayed their philosophy of honor and integrity, of freedom and liberty – an icon of the world.
The foreign image of America has not culminated from just the socialism of Europe, but in the loss of family values, honesty, and an ideology that draws the line of liberalism and tolerance.
Is it not a wonder that Americans, like Claire WolfeBackwoods Home Magazine is Preparing for Civil Unrest?
Who is truly to blame for this runaway Marxism that has invaded the minds of our youth, stained the forum of Congress and desecrated the Oval Office of the White House?
Look in the mirror.
You elected the usurpers.
You insisted on party lines and loyalty rather than choosing American citizens among us whose virtues and constitutionalism is supposed to be better than the average among us.
You have elected the same bureaucrats election after election and replace them with those of the same political ideology and agenda.
You have allowed the power of the media gain control over our election processes and what information we receive.
You have taken for granted and insist upon the government to override constitutional limitations of government so you can live off the funding provided by other Americans.
You have allowed political entities and individuals gain power over your lives in return of false security and promises of a Utopia.
Ronald Reagan saw what was coming and left the membership of the Democratic Party, and later sought the reformation of the Republican Party – pointing out the errors of establishing the income tax system and creating a society of self serving individuals who believe that those who prosper from classical education and hard work are evil. He was the inspiration and the hope for all people from all nations, serving as a guiding beacon in the fog of misinformation and the selfishness of society’s self-imposed elite.
People who think that they don’t owe anything to anybody should read David McCullough’s outstanding new book ‘1776,’ to see what hell other people went through to create the freedom that we enjoy and abuse todayThomas Sowell
When a people believe that classic wisdom passed down through the history of humanity is passé, when people believe that those that are entrusted to operate our government by the Constitution and for the People are obliged to pass laws that desecrate individual freedom and provide funds whenever we insist upon it; when those same people believe that those that framed our Constitution and founded our nation were just old white slave owners wearing powdered wigs – then they deserve no freedom, just as they seek to take away the freedom of others.
We all share the love of peace, but our sons and daughters must learn two lessons men everywhere and in every time have had to learn; that the price of freedom is dear but not nearly so costly as the loss of freedom—and that the advance and continuation of civilization depend on those values for which men have always been willing to dieRonald Reagan
It is the time, long past due, when Americans must draw a line in the sand to those who have barriers, to those who claim liberalism but practice Marxism.
… If we care about our remaining liberties we must at some point draw a line in the sand and let politicians and bureaucrats know we will not tolerate further encroachment on our God-given rights to libertyWalter E. Williams
It is time to tell the government they can no longer usurp our rights. It is time that government respects and protects individual freedom and the opportunities of freedom of choice.
Private property creates for the individual a sphere in which he is free of the state. It sets limits to the operation of the authoritarian will. It allows other forces to arise side by side with and in opposition to political power. It thus becomes the basis of all these activities that are free from violent interference on the part of the state. It is the soil in which the seeds of freedom are nurtured and in which the autonomy of the individual and ultimately all intellectual and material progress is rootedLudwig von Mises

It is time that parents regain and accept their duties as parents and tell those in government and portions of our society that our children are no longer theirs.
Are we still raising young people who will be emboldened by the truth of human equality to fight for their liberty? Will they resist the temptation to give in to the cowardly behavior that allows tyrants to reign? Will they have the courage to resist tyranny —- particularly when it offers the kind of comfortable servitude that our era of material abundance makes possibleAlan Keyes
It is time to stop the persecution of one religion while favoring others. It is a time to not be embarrassed to express our beliefs in God or believe that homosexuality is not an ethnic group of people, but a people who have their own twisted concept of sexual relationships and no longer tolerate those who would charge citizens of a crime for being against acts that affront our moral and religious beliefs. It is a time when we should no longer be embarrassed to say we believe in God and his simple commandments.
There was a time in America, a better time, when: We openly and proudly expressed our love of God and country; we did not lock our doors; our streets were safe to walk and drive; we honored our heroes; we cherished our founders, their gifts, their sacrifices, their courage, and their love of America; we sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’; we pledged allegiance to our beloved country; we respected our system of laws and the Constitution; and we worked, raised families and prayed together as one people under one flag. Is that America gone foreverLinda Bowles
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotismBarry Goldwater
Those who operate our government should pay heed to the sovereignty of state rights and yet not dissolve the unity that created states to be gathered into one democratic representative republic under the Jeffersonian principles that established our nation and was discussed in the Federalist Papers. Ignoring and ridiculing the honest dissention of the American people who peacefully protest will not make it go away.
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which laws of nature and of nature’s god entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separationThomas Jefferson
We must elect those from among us who have character, integrity and true loyalty to the Constitution and fellow Americans. We the People must once again be wise in leadership and foreign policy providing tolerance to those who appreciate it, and yet resolve to deter and destroy enemies of free nations.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of libertyJohn F. Kennedy
We must return to America its vision of honor and teach our children the importance of virtue and values and of accepting responsibility for the rights of freedom of choice.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evilsEdmund Burke
We must open our eyes to the subtlety of the tyrant’s agenda and take seriously when Islamic fascists declare war on freedom and liberty. Passiveness and ignoring matters at hand never makes them go away – it just encourages more tyranny.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothingEdmund Burke  

Do Americans want to go down in the annals of history as the Athenians of ancient Greece?
In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be freeEdward Gibbon
Are we to give up all that has been fought for, worked for, suffered for by generations before us for the sake of compliance; and do so in a hail of cheer to a false leader who promises Hope and Change, but instead destroys our heritage?

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan
Should American ever tolerate a government that deliberates and schemes behind closed doors?
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from themPatrick Henry
Will We the People allow the Progressive elite and do-gooders of society to overtake the minds of our children, dumb-down their education in the name of fairness, and educate them with the single-mindedness like that of tyrants in history?
If a nation expects to be ignorant – and free – in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will beThomas Jefferson
Objectively looking at our government, do you wish them to continue their encroachment upon individual liberties like freedom of choice and take over our lives from cradle to grave?

‘Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.’ We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away … If you think government should ‘do something’ about anything that ticks you off, or anything you want and don’t have, then you have made your choice between Utopia and freedomThomas Sowell
Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions and will receive praise or blame for them. Liberty and responsibility are inseparableFriedrich Hayek [The Constitution of Liberty, 1960; Road To Serfdom]
Do you fear those who operate our government that you would give in to their schemes and corruption? Will you continue to allow those state governments that usurp rights under the Second Amendment in the favor of reducing crime, when in reality they are only providing the opportunity against citizens who are not armed? Can you trust a government who wants to take away your means of protection – protecting the other rights of the constitutional amendments?
When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is libertyThomas Jefferson
Marxism is not for me. 
Giving up my rights is not in my character. 
Apathy or surrender is not in my nature, character or vocabulary. 
The media and the political usurpers will tell you that American patriots are just an angry mob, a disillusioned lot carrying Bibles and guns, rednecks of the rural mentality. If the grassroot American conservatives have fallen from majority, we allowed it to happen through our apathy and our loss of desire and passion to stand up for the principles that established and created the great nation, the land of the free and home of the brave. If continuation of our mistakes is the path, than in the end, we will be neither.
It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. … If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymenSamuel Adams
The movement of the American Reformation has begun, the Second American Revolution declared. 
Where have you been? 
Where do you stand? 
Your ammunition is knowledge, values and the Constitution of the United States; your weapon is the vote and right of peaceful dissent.
Choose it and use it wisely.

[1] Tocqueville on Civilian Society; Pawel Zaleski; 2008; English edition.
[2] Study of Alexis de Tocqueville; A. Coutant; 2007.