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The Death of American Exceptionalism


Why on earth would anyone be ashamed to be an American? Perhaps the world wide apology tour that President Obama had a little something to do with that. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that We The People’s memory of our Founders fades with every text book and documentary that tears them down into obscurity. Or could it be part of the socialization of America? Perhaps, it is all of the above.

F. A. Hayek, a member of the London School of Economics, wrote about similar concerns during World War II.

“How far in the last twenty years England has traveled on the German path is brought home to one with extraordinary vividness if one now reads of the more serious discussions of the differences between British and German views on political and moral issues which appeared in England during the last war.” F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

How is it that something that once seemed impossible due to the national character of that nation now seemed inevitable? Looking back from the perspective of decades, Hayek’s concerns were valid.  Today, the British face socialized healthcare and student riots due to tuition increases. In his writings, Hayek was concerned about the loss of the national identity.

“…but while the people of England were then proud of their distinctive tradition, there are few of the political views then regarded as characteristically English of which the majority of her people do not now seem half-ashamed, if they do not positively repudiate them.”  F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

The American historical landscape has change significantly since Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson made their lasting mark on our nation.  America now is facing a crisis of identity for We The People and the world. Are we the America that won an impossible fight and freed ourselves from the British, invented the light bulb and created the best quality health care in the world? Or are We The People evil because America dared to prosper?

This shift in national pride happened in England when the British people began to embrace collectivist ideas. The same shift has occurred here in America as evidenced by the election of a President who doesn’t believe We The People individually have a right to succeed.  We The People can’t be trusted to care for our neighbors voluntarily, or determine for ourselves how exactly we’ll spread that wealth around.

“It’s not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Barak Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign

How far We The People have strayed from the Founder’s intent:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” The Declaration of Independence

What is charity, when one has the right to choose, becomes theft when the government gets involved. Each of us has a right to pursue the American Dream. No one has the right to take the fruit of another man’s labor.

God Bless America!

Read it for yourself: The Road To Serfdom.

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Lower Taxes to Increase Revenue


Thomas Jefferson said:

I, however, place economy among the first and most important of Republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.

The state of our economy has not been improved by the massive stimulus spending…most of which will happen right before the mid-term election.  Our nation’s public debt is the greatest it has ever been.  Why do We The People sit, election after election and turn a blind eye to the destruction of our viability as a free nation.

Think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.

~Benjamin Franklin

The fact that we don’t know our nation’s history is causing us to relive it.  For instance, we’ve explored the benefits of lower taxes and the futility of raising taxes in the 1920’s.

A prime example of the benefit of lowering taxes can be found in A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror”>A Patriot’s History of the United States can be found by examining Andrew Mellon, President Warren G. Harding’s secretary of the Treasury,

Commissioned a study of why the wealthier classes had paid less and less in taxes as the government raised the tax rate on them repeatedly. The rich tended to invest abroad rather than build new factories and mills in the United States and then suffer from the 73 percent tax on any income from those investment.

After his study of falling tax revenues revealed that the amount of money gleaned from the upper classes had declined with each new rate increase, Mellon concluded that lowering the rates on everyone, especially the wealthiest classes would actually result in their paying more taxes.  From 1921 to 1926, Congress reduced taxes from 73 percent on top income earners and 4 percent on the lowest taxpayers to 25 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively, then down even further in 1929. Unexpectedly, to everyone except Mellon, the tax take from the wealthy almost tripled, but the poorer classes saw their share of taxes fall substantially.  The nation as a whole benefited as the national debt fell by one third (from $24 billion to $18 billion) in five years.

Mellon’s tax policies set the stage for the most amazing growth yet seen in America’s already impressive economy.

~ Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen

A Patriot’s History of the United States

 

During his presidency, Ronald Reagan proved again that lowering taxes helps to fuel the engine of the economy as demonstrated by great economic growth that extended beyond his years in office.  Andrew Mellon had already made the case that if you raise taxes on the rich, their money will move off shore and out of reach of the greedy hands of government.  Enough is enough.

Until We The People insist on the Constitution being the foundation of our nation again Congress will never cease their continual attack on our freedom.  Our Founding Fathers never intended for government to regulate every aspect of our lives.  They would have thought passing the national debt from one generation to the next sinful.  We The People cannot look to government for answers.  We The People need to be self-reliant, innovative and free to succeed or fail.

Each citizen has a duty to demand accountability from our representatives in every level of government.  We The People need to step up and solve problems rather than looking to government to do it for us.  Get involved in politics, because unless we are vigilant, our republic will be no more.

When asked what form of government they’d given us, Benjamin Franklin replied:

A republic, if you can keep it.

What are you going to do about it?

God Bless America!

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