From the Mail: Why Fight for America?

From the Mail: Why Fight for America?I received an interesting email from an Australian reader regarding my book, Return to Order. She correctly notes that the book deals with many errors that America has helped spread throughout the modern world. One of these is the spirit of frenetic intemperance which is criticized in the book as a source of economic unbalance. Another evil is found in the “Hollywood promotions of making sin something to hanker for.”

Rather than take an attitude of fighting for America, the writer asks if it would not be better to take a stand of great humility. Rather than use the rhetoric of American greatness, would it not be better to speak in terms of remorse and pardon? Still others, separate from my Australian reader, claim everything America represents is so bad that they ask if it is hardly worth fighting for the nation at all.

These are certainly valid questions that merit a response.

My first response in defending America would be to look at why she is attacked. The first and most vocal category of attackers consists of an array of leftists, liberals, terrorists and socialists. These attack America, not for her defects (and there are many) but for what she represents of good.

If these attackers, especially those in the liberal media or amid the Hollywood pseudo-elites, would target things like our materialistic or hyper-sexualized culture, I would be the first to join in on the attack and to express my remorse.

However, they do not. They target instead some excellent values that still exist in America. In the order of economics, they attack not the abuses of the sound principles of private property and free enterprise but the actual principles themselves. These principles form the foundation of our prosperity, which benefits everyone especially the poor. My reaction can only be to vigorously and unapologetically oppose those who, like the socialists, unjustly attack these sound and legitimate economic principles.

There are other reasons why this category of protesters attacks us. We are not socialist enough. We are too religious. We have not fully embraced the sexual revolution. America represents for them –however imperfectly and vaguely – the dying remnants of a moral order and the rule of law, much of which was inherited from Christian civilization. They hate us not so much for what we are but for that from which we came and might yet return.


Thus, I fight for America because these things are excellent and worth fighting for. We are unjustly attacked for the wrong reasons. We must therefore vigorously defend ourselves for the right reasons.

I am willing to admit there is a second category of protesters who attack us for the right reasons. They decry our immoral lifestyles and Hollywood “culture.” They condemn our liberal abortion laws and court decisions against traditional marriage. They criticize the growing secularization of society and education. They rail against the frenetic intemperance of our economy. In short, they see in us all the moral evils of the day.

It would seem natural therefore, that I would join together with all these protesters against America, abandon the fight for her, and humbly acknowledge our sins.

However, such a solution does not represent the whole picture. The most vocal protesters of all that is wrong with America are not found outside our borders but inside them.

Inside our extremely polarized country, there are vast numbers of Americans whothe_return_of_the_prodigal_son grieve for the nation. They react against the evils of our times. It is in America, more than anywhere else, that vigorous social movements have arisen against abortion, the secularization of education and other moral evils. Not only are these Americans opposing evils but they are also searching for solutions based on authenticity, honor and order, whether it be found in the traditional family, home-schooling, or even micro-breweries. There is a groundswell of sizeable minorities, who with great passion and courage dare to defy the culture and say, enough!

That is why I join together with these Americans to fight for America not against her. These Americans represent much more the future of America than those who advocate the worldwide destruction of the remnants of the moral, economic and legal order we inherited from Christian civilization. Moreover, I unite with all those who fight for similar values in other countries.

I will not deny that many of us, including these Americans, have in some way participated in the culture against which we now fight. In this context, a note of humility and remorse is in order for the harm that we have done.

However, our focus should be on pursuing this struggle with fortitude and daring. Subscription6Because the stakes are so high, the fight is one of almost biblical grandeur. We do well to use the rhetoric of greatness since we fight for a great cause and a great God. It is my hope that the same spirit that made America materially great might also be channeled to make her spiritually great.

Yes, we have sinned and we will have much to suffer for it. But the best way to atone for our sins is by standing up for the Christian principles and values, and engaging in this great battle. That is why I fight for America.


  • I needed this message today- but I’m not at all sure I believe it.

    See, the problem is, from my point of view, we’ve lost the culture war on almost all fronts already.

    Greed has taken over our markets to an incredible extent, leaving millions homeless and jobless. Following that greed, the sexual revolution has taken over and is immensely profitable for those who find ways to profit off of it. Even the Catholic Church is now knuckling under, with Jesuit priests in America magazine attacking the sacraments of baptism, marriage, and the Eucharist, all under a guise of “academic freedom” and in total ignorance of their own vow of obedience to the Church. Merely trying to stick up for law and order will get you smacked down under the dictatorship of the 14th Amendment, which I’m now told has replaced the 1st. Contraception is rampant and even has conservative Catholics sticking up for politicians who support wider use; and with it the side effects of abortion and divorce.

    A pluralistic society can’t have law and order; law and order require tradition.

    • Nathan B.

      You need to realize that the buildings such as the vatican no longer hold the Catholic church but a counterfeit masonic designed sect known as the Vatican II sect. The true Catholic church exists today in the remnant of traditional Catholics who know, hold, profess, and preach all the teachings of the true Popes throughout history known as the magisterium. Francis is an antipope and is not even a validly ordained Priest having been ordained in the false and worthless new rite of ordination under anti-pope Paul VI. To be a true Catholic you must believe first and foremost that outside the Catholic Church there is absolutely no salvation and you must believe in the absolute necessity of water baptism for salvation. You must also reject Vatican II and all non-Christian sects and false religions. You must stop attending the novus ordo “mass” and you must reject all forms of birth control even NFP. You must reject the widespread modern heresies of baptism of desire and baptism of blood, etc. For more on this go to They are the only source for true and uncompromising defense and education of the Catholic faith in our most dangerous of times. They are also the only source for the full truth about what really happened to the Catholic Church after Vatican II. IT is also crucial that yo pray a full fifteen decade rosary everyday if possible and ask for the graces to know the true faith.

      • Ah, the one true church remnant rears its ugly head. Where were you in the 1960s when it was all falling apart? In the 1970s when we were attacked with puppet show masses?

    • Bill_B

      TO: Theodore United we stand. Divided we fall. So can we unite before the war is over? Would it be reasonable to think that our first unified front should be an attack on greed? You point to the advance of the sexual revolution as following the greed that has taken over our markets to an incredible extent. I believe I have stumbled upon a way to attack greed, a way to remove unnecessary barriers to the widespread ownership of capital assets on (truly) free-market principles. Some of the names to remember in this regard are: Pope Leo XIII, Louis Kelso and Mortimer Adler, Binary Economics, The Center for Economic & Social Justice, Just Third Way, and Capital Homestead Accounts. Here is a link to one of many introductions to capital homesteading:

      • While I appreciate Kelso’s idea, I fear all Capital Homesteading at this point will accomplish is the opening of several rainbow-themed bakeries and gay wedding planner shops.

        Widespread ownership doesn’t do us much good if the market is already poisoned by immorality.

        Would have been a great solution in 1895, not so much today.

        • Bill_B

          Isn’t it immoral to have unnecessary barriers to access to capital credit? Sounds like you are trying to control people’s freedom to associate.

          • I’d like to control people’s license to harm their neighbors. That’s what I’d like to control. But it is far too late. We’ve lost the culture war, all we can do is hide and try to have a remnant of the church survive the coming persecutions.

          • Bill_B

            I, too, would like to control people’s license to harm their neighbors. On that note, before you go into hiding, why don’t you talk to Robert F. Struble, Jr.? If I wasn’t pursuing implementation of the CESJ plan, I would be going with Mr. Struble’s plan. Have you heard of it too? Anyway, here’s a link to Chapter 10 of the Treatise on Twelve Lights:

    • Kevin Edwards

      Never give up hope. From the height of the cross Our Lord saw the victory He was purchasing with His infinitely precious blood. Everyone else thought it was His defeat. We need to imitate him: “In periods of great crises, there are two kinds of men,
      those who give in and are overwhelmed by the crises and those who resist
      and change the course of history.” Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

      • We had our opportunity to change the course of history. Pope Paul VI gave it to us 30 years ago. We failed.

  • Markangelo

    for Jesus & Country !!!
    Great solution?

  • Leelee

    The great battles are won when it appears that the enemy has the upper hand. Christians never give up.

  • Greg Groebner

    Mr. Horvat, I think you’re on the right track with this line of reasoning, but it will need to be developed more fully before it is believable and convincing. At this juncture, I tend more toward what Theodore Seeber wrote.

    America is a huge country, and there is much good at the ground level, but some of the deepest roots were defective in the first place. This American idea of liberty got way out of hand when the nastiest groups started exploiting it while the Christians stood around with their self-imposed handcuffs. And then, not satisfied with that, we’ve exported revolution around the world.

  • lalvarez62

    To quote Al Kresta of “Kresta in the Afternoon” – “Build the Church (Catholic Church); save the nation.” What are we, you and I, doing to build the HIS Church? This is the season of Lent – attent your parish mission, hopefully it will be a fruitful one and your small area of influence will be improved. Your home, your neighborhoods, your place of employment, and yes, even your parish. Don’t be naive – as our Lord Jesus tells us in the Gospel, “Remember, I am sending you [his disciples] out to be like sheep among wolves; you must be wary, then, as serpents, and yet innocent as doves.” Peace and good to all!