The idea of unity sounds great, right up to the point where someone is tempted to make it mandatory. Then it becomes a basis for tyranny. Gary Galles says, forget unity: we need the freedom to disagree.
The days in which America was a truly exceptional nation have passed. That doesn't mean we have to hang our heads in shame. It means that we need more "rascals"--people who make a difference by becoming exceptional individuals.
What's happening in Europe right now regarding their energy woes is a clear warning for us here in America. Brandon Smith has an excellent essay on how the energy disaster that Europe is facing will spill over into the U.S.