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First Principles

Dennis Prager defines the challenge for America.

Dec 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 15 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Our dangerous world and the disruptive uncertainty of a global economy seem to have amplified America’s divisions along political, racial, economic, and generational lines. Of course, division is nothing new on these shores—we once fought a civil war, and division is the rule not the exception in human history—but do today’s immigrants feel the need to assimilate as much as past immigrants? Do schools instruct students on the value of our shared identity—or do they celebrate revisionist views of American history and civic values? What do Americans cherish in common, apart from professional football and American Idol?

Michael Warren is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.