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The current crisis could prove a blessing, however, by forcing Europeans to reflect on what kind of life they want for themselves and their children. I’m a big believer in human nature. Self-interest should prevail and help roll back the tide of centralization and reassert the right of the individual. It took one Margaret Thatcher to alter the socialist course in Britain, and our dear friend President Jose Maria Aznar fought to hold back the same forces in Spain. We can do it in America before it’s too late, but the clock is ticking.

Decker: What keeps you up at night?

Agostinelli: Our Union is under assault by a president who is in active denial of the age-old virtues of this Republic. His custody of our trust has been an abomination. Our economy is floundering. Individuals, businesses and trading partners see nothing but uncertainty and a regime of unbridled public spending, looming taxation and multiplying regulations which are strangling commerce and our freedom. Our foreign policy is in shambles. Allies are uncertain of U.S. fidelity, while our enemies run roughshod over the planet — including murdering a U.S. ambassador — with no consequences. What keeps me up is the idea that we as Americans — as a God-fearing nation of the free and home of the brave — were duped again and re-elected a leftist who believes he needs to apologize to the world for U.S. history. How can the last, best hope of mankind be led by a politician who doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism?

Brett M. Decker is editorial page editor of The Washington Times and coauthor of “Bowing to Beijing” (Regnery, 2011).