Americans sit in ignorance of too many stories of American exceptionalism and human greatness because they’re too caught up on Kardashians.
Why is Their Finest Hour here? What’s the goal for this blog, and the Internet radio show it spawned?
When Allan Bourdius first started the blog way back in 2006, he always knew that he’d be writing about military heroes, as memories of them and their incredible deeds is being lost to American consciousness. Also, if you go back and look at some of the earliest posts, there’s a “stream of Allan’s consciousness” feel, when he got around to writing at all. It was also always a home for commentary, when Allan felt moved to write it down.
Now, with the weekly TFH radio show on Vigilant Liberty Radio, and moving the blog to a better platform on its own domain, it’s time to lay out the principles on which we’ll go forward in this space and with our content.
- TFH will continue to document the heroism of the American warrior in the tales of Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, or Coast Guard Cross recipients. We also won’t forget about recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, or of heroes from Allied countries, such as the holders of the Victoria Cross.
- TFH is going to tell the stories of other moments of human greatness: scientific, economic, artistic, etc. achievements. That’s something that was done to a lesser extent in days past at TFH, and most definitely, more needs to be done to tell those stories of accomplishment.
- TFH will continue to offer political and cultural commentary, but probably in a more in-depth format than some other sites. We’ll do short format pieces, for sure, but will also give space to longer posts that don’t always find a home at some outlets. We will continue to educate on core principles of liberty and individual sovereignty.
- TFH is going to embrace new voices. Allan himself came from “just a blogger” to an amazing experience of reporting from the White House. There are so many people out there who deserve to be given a chance to be heard, both in print and on the weekly webcast.
- TFH is going to try and stay out of the echo chamber. New media already has enough sites that try to reinvent the “commentary on daily events” gig, and wind up only being read by like-minded folks. I’m more interested in reaching people who haven’t heard stories of why we believe what we believe. Instead of complaining about how our education system has left Americans with a lack of appreciation for our greatness, we’ll educate them.
- Finally, TFH is going to engage in the culture, not fight against it. That means we’re going to embrace film, television, music, etc. where we can to illustrate our own points. There are so many opportunities to use everyday examples in and from our culture to win converts to the cause of liberty, even when it wasn’t the intent of that content in the first place.
At the Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot theme park, there’s a pavilion in the World Showcase called “The American Experience”. The lobby of the pavilion is decorated all around with famous, inspirational quotes by great Americans. The last time Allan was there in 2011 with his family, he was floored as they walked in at what quote is directly in front of visitors as they enter the building, and he snapped a picture:
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
That’s a quote from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, and its prominence at a major Disney attraction emphasizes the point we at TFH are trying to make about how we have to use the culture.
The Walt Disney Company is a frequent “look at what they’re doing to our culture” punching bag, particularly among down-the-line social conservatives. However, when one looks at the new ground Disney has broken time and time again across entertainment, across technology, across our culture, how can anyone think what they have contributed to America is a net negative?
The placement of the Ayn Rand quote front and center in that pavilion is hardly an accident.
Here at Their Finest Hour, we’re going to take those steps down new roads. We believe that when we put our minds to a cause, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish; that when we’re confident in our beliefs, we can make the impossible, possible and win over even the most intractable of opponents.
So with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams…believe in ourselves and…believe in our capacity to perform great deeds…And after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans.
— President Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981
Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength.
— Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat”, May 13, 1940.