Before you blow a gasket I am not advancing that as a desirable state or quality but a question based on where the politicians, the academics and many activist seem to desire for America to descend. The dictionary defines mediocre: of only moderate quality; not very good; barely adequate. Mediocrity is defined as: the quality or state of being mediocre. The ideological left and some on the so-called right see no exceptionalism anywhere. They are constantly pushing for the playing field to be leveled and everyone brought to sameness. That in their view is being fair.
If my understanding of history is remotely accurate this nation was established by people who refused to accept mediocrity. The men and women of pioneer America were brave souls who sought excellence. The founding fathers of this nation produced documents echoing that sentiment and sought to provide a platform from which we could individually rise to excellence and achieve exceptionalism, which America did and the world owes a debt of gratitude for. Freedom would be almost non-existent were it not for the American drive to rise above mediocrity and to achieve exceptionalism and excellence. Do we have flaws and have we failed? OF COURSE but that should never be an invitation or reason to throw the baby out with the bath water. It should encourage us to address those problems not reject our pursuit of excellence.
The current administration, many in Congress and the Courts seem to feel that America and Americans are anything but exceptional. There seems to be a prevailing ideology that to pay for our past sins we must be rendered mediocre as a nation and people. We have systematically dumbed down our education system in so many ways there is not adequate time or space to enumerate them all. There was a time when America, the smelting pot of the world, was a place that people sought to immigrate to become an American because of exceptionalism and the opportunities afforded here. Today we are told that expecting someone to assimilate into our society and become an American is racist, bigoted and intolerant. They do not have to learn our language, our laws, or become loyal to America because we have no right to national sovereignty after all we are citizens of the world and America belongs to the world. This push can only produce mediocrity rather than exceptionalism.
There is no stigma for a person being unwilling to work, learn or achieve. We are producing generations of people that are wards of the state and in so doing we are generating generations of mediocrity. My parents would have never accepted me wallowing in mediocrity and I thank God they didn’t. I believe that there can be and are times in one’s life when they need assistance from others but to make that a permanent place of residence is to embrace mediocrity and is a death knell for our society. It produces an attitude of entitlement and generates a mind-set embracing mediocrity as a norm. Andrew Carnegie said, “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” Napoleon Bonaparte said, “When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end up reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.” Both are profound statements.
We are being led by people today who either completely fail to grasp the foundations upon which America was built and preserved or their ideological views despise our foundations. Whether it is ignorance or malice the end result is largely the same, a society that embraces mediocrity as normal and acceptable. That is not a society I brought my children up to become a part of and they are not teaching their children to adopt. It seems that the goal of the ideological left is summed up in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, “Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.” Howard Schultz said, “My biggest concern is that America is drifting towards mediocrity and that people don’t recognize it – and by people I’m meaning Washington – don’t recognize the sense of urgency and the fact that I don’t think this is a crisis anymore. I think it’s an emergency.”
God help us to see a restoration in the desire and drive for excellence in all aspects of life. God help us to reject accepting mediocrity as normal or acceptable. God help us to seek to inspire everyone to become the best and most successful they can be never being satisfied with the mediocre or mediocrity. God bless you and God bless America!