Chapter 1 - America's Freedom Faith and The Cold War

The exceptional principles, institutions, history, and documents of America’s freedom faith and experience are demonstrated in its revolutionary founding, civil war, civil rights progress, and international role. Together, these historical elements demonstrate why even with America’s acknowledged uneven progress on full human rights for all, it became and remains the world’s great beacon of hope and resistance against tyranny and for liberty and opportunity. Inspiring American freedom documents include the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the words of James Madison, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. During the Civil War, Lincoln, the first Republican president, rallied the American people to America’s high cause of freedom, reconciliation, and peace. At the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King proclaimed that he “still” had a dream of transformative peaceful democratic progress in human rights, and in letters from prison in 1962 and sermons in divided Berlin in 1964, he sharply contrasted America’s faith in freedom and peaceful progress with the heartless tyranny of Communism. The historic texts of America’s most beloved national hymns, many incorporated in its civil rights movements, also demonstrate the freedom faith, institutions, vision and dream that made America the Soviet Union’s prime target during the Cold War and the prime source of international strength and hope for peace and freedom.

1. The American Revolution for Freedom and Four Regressive Revolutions—France, Russia, Germany, and Imperial Japan

Throughout the long Cold War, the American Revolution and its freedom faith and institutions stood as the great alternative of Western democratic civilization to the German National Socialist, Japanese Imperialist, and Soviet Marxist-Leninist totalitarians. The American Revolution and, some 200 years later, the Reagan Revolution and Reagan’s strategy, assured an American rebirth at home and won the Cold War abroad in the name of human freedom, democracy, strength, responsibility, justice, and peace. The American Revolution and the Reagan Revolution were forward-looking, ethical, and positive in ways fundamentally different from three other famous historic “revolutions” and their associated political ideologies that were not open to democratic reform and were enforced by violent vanguards claiming a monopoly on intellectual, political, and economic wisdom and power. These three revolutions, the French Revolution, Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution, and Hit-
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