Given the prevalence of anti-American sentiment in the world, especially that resulting from radical Islamic voices preaching “Evil America,” I seek to put the United States in a proper perspective. This I will do on this website by reminding everyone of the abundant contributions America and Americans have made and are making for the betterment of people around the world. Indeed, even during the presidency of the much reviled George W. Bush, whom I often criticized, there were numerous, important contributions. One thinks of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which in its campaign against poverty and disease in the poorest countries is credited with saving the lives of three million people since 2000.1 (What would have happened to this campaign if Mr. and Mrs. Gates had been murdered in one of the collapsing Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001? And how many American philanthropists and benefactors for humanity were murdered that day?) Even George Bush made contributions, for instance, with his initiative to fight AIDS in Africa. Bono, the lead singer of U2 and a campaigner to eradicate AIDS, credited Bush with saving 200,000 lives in Africa.2 Bush also was a vocal supporter of human rights in the world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, in a 2009 article about the deplorable state of human rights in Burma, wrote: “President Bush was on the side of the angels: the struggle for human rights and justice in Burma.”3
Faced with the loud focus of some on the aggregate “evil” of America, it is appropriate to explore the aggregate good of America. One can commence here. However, this website will be able to present only a sampling of the abundant good deeds of America and Americans. Yet just this sampling will convince any fair minded person that America and Americans are far from the “evil” that has been propagated by her enemies, that America has been a friend of humanity and civilization, and that foes of America often have been and are the real enemies of humanity and civilization, for example, al-Qaeda. In short, the real America is Good America. Indeed, I argue that the United States, during the last three centuries, has been, in the main, a force for good in the world.
I open my advocacy of Good America with a reminder of America’s crucial role in the advancement of freedom in the world, especially in the struggle against Communism and National Socialism in the twentieth century. In time, my advocacy of Good America will take the form of a catalogue of a wide range of contributions to humanity by America and Americans.
History’s greatest human drama to date has been the worldwide struggle in the twentieth century for the hearts and minds of mankind between the Lincoln Vision, of Abraham Lincoln, America’s greatest president, and the Lenin Vision, of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of “the world’s first socialist state,” the Soviet Union. For the first time ever, a struggle was waged between competing visions for the entire planet—the fate of humanity literally hung in the balance. This epic struggle was between good and evil. (If one doubts this, read “The Great Lincoln-Lenin Debate” on this website.) It was the kind of struggle that previously had been the stuff of mythology.
The Lincoln Vision was the prime defender of humanity against not only the Lenin Vision, but also the Hitler Vision, of Adolf Hitler, founder of the Third Reich. As a result, throughout the remainder of recorded history, the Lincoln Vision will be remembered for rendering a monumental service to humanity: assuming primary responsibility for dealing with radical reaction in the twentieth century, that is, both the Lenin Vision and the Hitler Vision.
However, the principal greatness of the Lincoln Vision lies in its lasting impact on humanity. According to a survey by Freedom House, an independent non-governmental organization in the United States, “the number of countries judged as Free … in 2006 stood at 90, representing 47 percent of the global population. Fifty-eight countries qualified as Partly Free, with 30 percent of the world’s population.”4 This is a vast improvement in the state of liberty in the world since Lincoln’s time and is a testament, in part, to the appeal and success of the Lincoln Vision internationally.
Indeed, it is the international appeal of the Lincoln Vision, especially in transcending religions, nationalities and races, that so incenses and inflames Ossama bin Laden and other radical Islamists. For, according to them, it is only their Islamist internationalism that must dominate the world—an echo of the claim of Leninist internationalism. At present, we are in the midst of another epic world-wide struggle. It is between the Lincoln Vision and the bin Laden Vision for the hearts and minds of Muslims. (The non-Muslim world, that is, 80 percent of humanity, and the vast majority of Muslims reject the bin Laden Vision, and therefore the struggle of the Lincoln Vision is humanity’s struggle.) Muslims are presented with a choice: the freedom and democracy of the Lincoln Vision, or the enslavement and tyranny of the bin Laden Vision—that is, either a modern world or a medieval world. Let us not forget that Ossama bin Laden’s ideal society is the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan of the 1990s, of which he said: “Taliban have established the system of God on God’s land.”5 The Taliban “system” was, of course, enslavement—of body and mind—and regression into the dark ages. The Lincoln Vision, which helped liberate Afghanistan from this enslavement, offers Muslims something else: freedom and enlightenment.
The Lincoln Vision is, using the words of Abraham Lincoln, “the universal liberty of mankind.”
This Good America website contains a portrait of America in the words of her presidents; a short essay, “‘Evil America,’” which addresses two issues, anti-Americanism and Islamic extremism; an excerpt from my book, Monsters Accused: Megalomania, which I call “The Great Lincoln-Lenin Debate,” and which helps understand what was at stake in the struggle between the Lincoln Vision and the Lenin Vision; and contact information.
I maintain two other websites, monstersaccused.info and monstermarx.info. The Monsters Accused website is dedicated to heightening awareness of my prosecution of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Mao Zedong for their crimes against humanity. I will construct the case against them in five volumes, the Pentology, the first of which, Monsters Accused: Megalomania, is in print.
The Monster Marx website, along with the “The Great Lincoln-Lenin Debate,” helps understand the central figure in the Pentology, Lenin, who was a huge problem for the humanity in the twentieth century. Karl Marx played a key role in making Lenin this problem, and the nature of his impact is examined in the Monster Marx website. A close look at Marx is important because he paved the way for the tragedies of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao and fostered a climate for the tragedies of Hitler.
Nicholas D. Kristof, “Bill Gates’s Next Big Thing,” New York Times
, January 25, 2009.
Desmond Tutu, “What Burma Needs From the White House,” Washington Post
, April 20, 2009.
Yossef Bodansky, Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America
(Roseville, Calif., 2001),