The greatness of the American 'experiment' is certainly built upon heroism which never quits! And this is absolutely admirable. But there is a certain aspect to Catholic-Christian truth which necessarily always transcends even the best of human virtues. And this transcendence, in the revelation of Jesus Christ, is seemingly always wrapped in paradox. For example: the human defeat of the Cross being the divine victory over sin.
Likewise, the renewal of the American spirit is to be found, not in heroism that never quits, but in sinful selfishness that quits to the point of self-annhilation! For if we give up, we get God!
But what does 'give up' really mean?
The Catholic meaning of the beautiful 'quit': http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04347a.htm
Only on achieving gray hair and wrinkles, accompanied by more than a few humbling defeats, does the American Catholic-Christian realize that the best of efforts accompanied by the same old stubborn stupidity gets us nowhere! And it seems that hard work, driven by selfish bull-headedness is an American epidemic.
It is time to quit and let God take over!
What does it mean to have God take over? http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04347a.htm
But how can this be more than just a catchy slogan? Frustrating personal failure, which leads us to humiliating, dark, sinful circumstances certainly inspires us to consider vast personal change! Likewise, national and social moral collapse should inspire unified Catholic angst! It is time to willingly quit badness and willingly accept goodness! In other words, in the paraphrased words of John the Baptist: 'I gotta shrink, and he gotta grow in me!'
Repentance is the greatest initial virtue in all of Christianity! It is a daily necessity! It takes courage; moreover, it takes quitting on badness and persevering on goodness; furthermore, it takes fortitude in denying the enticements (and entitlements) of the world to receive the transcendent and paradoxical graces of Jesus Christ.
America will never protect, retain, and regain her greatness unless she learns to quit, Catholic-Christian style! And it starts with the repentant disciple!