While I certainly wouldn’t join Vonn in boycotting a White House invitation were it ever offered to me, Vonn’s attitude is in line with one of the finest traditions in American history: the belief that the nation and its government aren’t always the same thing.
Having spent some of my childhood in Europe, I have long observed a fundamental distinction between how most Europeans feel about their government and how most Americans do.
Of course, Americans are rightly compelled by our government to obey its laws, and most are inclined to support the nation in a time of war.
Americans have a great deal of skepticism about the government and doubt whether it has only the interests of the country at heart.
The American Revolution established a country that was supposed to have a limited government deriving its powers from the people.
Can any of these same things be said of our government? I think you know the answer to that already…. The government and the people are two entirely separate entities, with separate rules and separate objectives.
Not only are young adults completely unaware of how our founding documents were steeped in the idea of a limited government, they often don’t realize that the people are supposed to be sovereign over that government.
For him, the common sense of the American people should inform the government not the other way around.