Jack Abramoff is an American former lobbyist, businessman, movie producer, and writer. Jack is most recently noted for the film ’Casino Jack’ the true story of his life starring Kevin Spacey as Abramoff. We got the opportunity to ask Jack a few questions concerning his views on America for an interview series entitled, “Home of the Brave.”
Leveled Magazine: What does being an American mean to you?
Jack Abramoff: It means having been blessed to be born in the greatest nation of modern times and enjoy the freedom and opportunity unparalleled in history.
LM: Define the American dream.
JA: To be free of tyrannical control by government so as to be able to pursue economic, social, political and religious opportunity in accordance with my choices and desires.
LM: What’s one thing about life in this country that has had a significant effect on you, or has shaped you as an individual?
JA: That America combines the greatest compassion with the greatest achievement, and that our society has always encouraged individual accomplishment and celebrated it. I hope this is not changing, though i fear the envy-laden illness of Europe is creeping into our culture.
LM: Would you say that we live in the greatest country in the world?
LM: What would America’s grave say on it?
JA: Nothing, since there will not be a grave for this great nation.
LM: What comes to mind when you think of the American people?
JA: A diverse amalgam of those who have striven to better their lives, or the descendants of those who have done so. A people wanting to do well and to do good, who have proven time and again that they are willing to sacrifice their all for their fellow human beings.
LM: What will life in this country be like in a hundred years?
JA: It depends if America descends into European and third world mediocrity or if it becomes reinvigorated in its exceptionalism.
LM: What does patriotism mean to you?
JA: A love of our nation and the things which made our nation great. A fealty to our country when it holds true to the vision of our founders.
LM: What advice would you give to a younger you about building a life in America?
JA: Go slow – you’re in a marathon not a sprint.