Interesting read. Not sure I agree with the author’s premise entirely, considering we have a huge chunk of the population here that believe the “European way” is better. They all originated from the same varied stock as we did yet they’ve come to believe that the very government from which their ancestors considered themselves lucky to have escaped is somehow different put into the context of the 21st century.
We’re for the most part descended from the kind of individuals who possessed what historian John Steele Gordon referred to as the “get up and go” that drove them to leave the comforts of home in order to make their highly uncertain way in the new world that was the United States. We’re different because we’re descended from those who had the courage and drive to leave feudal, excessive taxing, warmongering governments. Simple as that.
When libertarian philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the 1830s, he described the new arrivals to the U.S. as “restless in the midst of abundance,” and as Gartner notes further, Tocqueville observed that Americans were quite nomadic then, much as we are today. Indeed, according to Gartner, the “average American changes residences every five years–more than the inhabitants of any other nation.”