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A Lesson for America

What made us great can keep us great.

May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34 • By DAVID AIKMAN
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Employing the basketball metaphor of getting a “rebound” as a result of another’s mistake, Holmes posits that the recovery of American strength depends on a rediscovery of America’s values, traditions, and the freedom that made it strong in the first place. 

“Americans are not ready to throw in the towel,” says Holmes. “Decline is a choice, not a destiny, and we can avoid the sad fate of so many other great nations if only we choose to be faithful to our history, our identity, and our principles.” 

David Aikman is the author, most recently, of The Mirage of Peace: Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict in the Middle East