At The American Interest Andrew Michta takes the note of an urgent necessity:
The once-accepted view of America as one nation, with the attendant sense of pride rooted in the belief in its exceptionalism, has been steadily losing ground over the last three decades, while secondary drivers of group identity, such as race and ethnicity, claim ever-greater prominence in our public discourse.
Unfortunately, his prescriptions are weak tea:
To start reversing the deconstruction of Americanism, we need a concerted counter-revolution, one in which traditional American common sense is elevated above grievance-mongering and tribalist point-scoring. We should start with the schools. Congress ought to take a hard look at how government funds are spent by our college and university administrators. The pressure could be even more effective if alumni donors and parents start to demand accountability from the academic institutions they endow. The one-sided indoctrination of our future generation must stop now.
Furthermore, Congress needs to bring back the idea of mandatory national service, be that in military form or through some kind of mandatory community work, so that Americans from all socio-economic backgrounds can discover their fellow citizens“out there”—so that they can put a real face and name to the broader nation to which they all owe allegiance.
Read the whole thing. Something he never addresses is what are these “ideals and values”? They are what G. K. Chesterton noted when he said that “America is a country founded on a creed”. IMO a good place to start is with the preamble to the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It should be noted that “general Welfare” does not mean the federal government’s paying your health care bills, your college tuition, or your rent. It means things that are good for all of us, are non-excludable and non-rivalrous (like a stable currency or the rule of law).
To be honest, I think he’s whistling past a graveyard. America as a nation cannot be revived without taking steps that too many people would find intolerable.