The state of America

A good read. It’s only going to get harder. :us:

We’re ex-SEALs who know all Americans need to do hard things and challenge ourselves to restore our nation

Opinion by Mike Sarraille, Andy Stumpf • 16h ago

From its inception, the United States has exemplified exceptionalism, producing risk-takers, innovators, warriors, and leaders. American exceptionalism, the belief that our nation holds a unique destiny and a responsibility to guide the world, has inspired countless others. However, in recent years, American exceptionalism has waned, causing alarm for the global community as its decline could have far-reaching consequences.

Modern America faces numerous challenges, including a crisis of leadership, political polarization, economic stagnation, and a looming recession. The high standards and accountability of old, upon which this nation was built, have given way to the new era of victimhood, rewarding mediocracy, and the erosion of personal responsibility. An increased dependence on government, divisive identity politics deteriorating national unity, shared values and common purpose have us collectively staring into the abyss.

While it’s tempting to attribute our downfall to external factors like growing global competition, the reality is that our failures are self-inflicted. The foundational high standards and accountability that once defined our nation have been reframed and vilified through the lens of inclusivity and identity politics.

Left unchecked, our current trajectory could turn a nation built on exceptionalism into a nation defined by its “normalism,” leaving us waving to the rest of the world as they pass us by, replaced by a culture of victimhood, mediocrity, eroded personal responsibility, government dependence, and divisive identity politics, all of which undermine our national unity, shared values, and common purpose.

Do not lose faith – America has faced far graver challenges and persevered through them. Whether or not America returns to glory is completely dependent on us, and our willingness to rise above pettiness through sacrifice and our ability to do the hard things no one else will.

JFK’s Moonshot Speech: A Call To Action

On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a stirring speech that would come to symbolize America’s exceptionalism and its relentless pursuit of progress. He called for the United States to commit itself to the goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade. This speech was not just about the space race; it was about the character of America and its willingness to face challenges head-on.

President John F. Kennedy posing for a picture at his desk with a US flag in the backdrop. Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

President John F. Kennedy posing for a picture at his desk with a US flag in the backdrop. Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images© Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Kennedy’s moonshot speech was a ‘call to action.’ He emphasized the importance of tackling difficult tasks for the sake of learning and growth, asserting that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are EASY, but because they are HARD.” It was a call for Americans to return to the values of perseverance, determination, and self-reliance that had long been hallmarks of the nation’s character.

The moon landing was a triumph for the human race. It required the country to invest billions of dollars, thousands of hours of work into the space program, and endure the tragic loss of several American pioneers committed to the cause. Despite those challenges and losses, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to step foot on the moon. It demonstrated not only the country’s’ technological prowess, but its our ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges while attempting to achieve what many thought was impossible, and its our commitment to leading the world in science and technology.

The moon landing was not just a scientific achievement. It was a unifying moment for our nation. It brought Americans together in a shared sense of purpose and pride.

Somewhere along the way, we lost that spirit. We became too comfortable, too complacent, and too afraid of failure. We stopped taking risks and pushing ourselves to our limits. We’ve incentivized laziness and exalted a sense of victimhood.

The decline of personal responsibility and self-accountability are rapidly becoming the new American way. Messaging around us further promotes the false belief that someone having more comes at the expense of others having less. Instead of working hard and sacrificing to achieve greatness, most Americans blame others, be it people, groups, institutions, or systems for the shortcomings in their lives.

It’s not too late to reclaim it. We can start by doing hard things.

Hard things start with leadership. We can set audacious goals, like putting a man on Mars, curing cancer, eliminate the deficit through personal sacrifice. We can embrace the spirit of adventure and challenge that has always defined us as a nation. It’s not too late.

Why Do Hard Things?

The U.S. special operations community, like Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs, push candidates to their limits to not only reveal true character, but to test it, and in turn foster growth. Their mantra, “get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” warns against stagnation and decline from avoiding challenges. Contrary to popular belief, training doesn’t get easier after selection, the continuous pursuit of hard things cultivates a growth mindset.

Humans have an evolutionary need for challenge, with discomfort sharpening perspective and focus. Embracing calculated risks leads to greater happiness and success while building resilience. Leaving our comfort zone enhances brain activity, learning, and prepares us to tackle future challenges productively.

Embracing hard things is not easy, but it is the struggle that builds valuable attributes like resilience, adaptability, and perseverance. By tackling challenges, we can reignite the American spirit and inspire a new generation of problem-solvers. Sir Edmund Hillary once said, “We don’t conquer the mountain, we conquer ourselves.” When we do hard things we learn more about ourselves and prepare for future obstacles and hardship.

Now more than ever, we face enormous global challenges that demand bold action and innovative thinking. By doing hard things, we can reclaim our identity and inspire others to do the same, showing the world that American exceptionalism is still alive and well.

Let’s embrace the spirit of adventure and challenge, set audacious goals, and return to high standards of personal responsibility and accountability. Let’s take risks, face failure, and remind the world what American exceptionalism truly means: our spirit, determination, and willingness to do hard things.

So, let’s do hard things—not just for ourselves, but for our country and the world, to achieve greatness and inspire others to do the same. Let’s do hard things because that’s what it means to be American.

Andy Stumpf is a retired Navy SEAL, host of the " Cleared Hot" podcast, former wingsuit record holder, co-founder of Legacy Expeditions and Black Rifle Coffee Company franchise owner. In 2015, he set 2 World Records after jumping from 36,500 feet and flying over 18 miles in a wingsuit to raise $1 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Andy can be found on Instagram: andystumpf212.


Does he steal luggage at airports also?:wink:


Lol, let’s hope not.


Good post. It forced me to look at the real problems. Therefore, I created another post concerning our current “president”.


A comment was made here that the atf didn’t have enough agents to come and take all our guns away. :thinking:
But… what if all these armed agencies added goons help each other, the government army just became 20 times larger. :unamused:


Begs the question, what kind of P.O.S. Scumbag bottom feeding low life bastard signs on to be a member of the IRS police force.


Maybe that’s what they had in mind when they opened the border. Plenty willing to take orders for a phone and a bed at a swanky hotel! Can’t put it past them!


“Maybe that’s what they had in mind when they opened the border. Plenty willing to take orders for a phone and a bed at a swanky hotel! Can’t put it past them!”…
( first of all Brother, you have to stop holding back Sir… :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:)
Secondly, My opinion is this is an EVIL force that will need to be dealt with. SEVERLY.


You see what the illegals are doing to that 4 star hotel? They’re making a trash heap out of it. The staff is starting to quit.


…and our VET’s our sleeping on the streets !


And when the citizens have had enough. :unamused:


Haiti’s deadly vigilante movement sees decline in gang violence -report

Story by Reuters • 18m ago


PORT-AU-PRINCE, May 28 (Reuters) - Violence by armed gangs has fallen “drastically” since the emergence of a vigilante justice movement that has seen at least 160 suspected criminals killed in the last month, a report by local human rights research group CARDH said on Sunday.

The situation in the Caribbean country remains extremely volatile as heavily armed gangs continue to drive a humanitarian crisis that has displaced tens of thousands amid frequent kidnappings for ransom, gang rapes, tortures and murders.

The vigilante movement, known as “Bwa Kale”, began after residents of the capital Port-au-Prince lynched and set fire to over a dozen suspected gang members in the early morning of April 24.

CARDH said “almost no” kidnappings had been recorded in the last month and counted 43 gang-linked murders, down from 146 in the first three weeks of April.

“Without making a value judgment, the ‘Bwa Kale’ movement has in just one month produced convincing, visible results; fear has changed sides,” CARDH said in the report. “Both kidnappings and gang-related killings have fallen drastically.”

Port-au-Prince, which CARDH estimates is now 60% controlled by armed gangs, sits in Haiti’s Ouest Department where most of vigilante killings that it recorded - including lynchings, stonings, beatings and burnings - took place.

Bwa Kale, CARDH said, likely emerged from the extreme cruelty inflicted by gangs, the ineffectiveness of the government, police and army and lack of international action.

Haiti’s government and national police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Haiti’s government requested a “rapid” international force help bolster its police last October, but countries have been wary of supporting the unelected government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who has in turn said fair elections cannot be held under the current insecurity.

CARDH said Haiti’s under-gunned police need more concrete support such as armored trucks, drones, helicopters, weapons and ammunition.

It warned that it was “essential” for authorities and civilians to work together to fight the gangs and avoid a cycle of increasingly brutal retaliation, and recommended a study on the psychological impacts for future generations.

Vigilante groups are mainly made up of young people including some children, it said. (Reporting by Sarah Morland in Mexico City and Harold Isaac in Port-au-Prince)


An organization we could get behind. :thinking:

Ex-SEALs use post-service business savvy to push American exceptionalism, support veteran nonprofits (

Home - Legacy Expeditions

What they do…

Legacy Expeditions is certainly making a difference, as it “partners with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Folds of Honor, nonprofits that provide financial support to help the children of fallen Special Operations soldiers and first responders get an education.” The group has raised nearly $500,000 toward its $7 million goal and both Sarraille and Stumpf prefer to focus on reaching the target than reminiscing about the past.

“I’m incredibly proud of what I was able to accomplish [as a SEAL], but I’m already past it by a decade. I don’t want to be 50 talking about what I did in the early 2000s,” Stumpf said. “What I find is by focusing on what we used to do, it robs you of what you still are capable of doing in the future, and that doesn’t diminish what people think of it. You just have to remember it is an occupation. It’s not who you are. It’s what you did.”

Legacy Expeditions has arranged a seven-day skydiving adventure across seven continents to raise scholarships for 1,400 family members of fallen or disabled service members, a Mt. Everest skydiving expedition honoring the fallen warriors of the 2011 Extortion 17 tragedy in Afghanistan, along with other excursions designed to raise money and awareness. The next venture will be a six-man team of military special operations veterans rowing from Antarctica to Chile, crossing the treacherous Drake Passage.