America was once the greatest most powerful country in the world. Though its power remains unchecked, its greatness has long since vanished. What would it take to get it back? To show you, a popular myth must first be dispelled. America’s greatness didn’t come about because it had the biggest baddest most intrusive freedom restricting tax-hungry jobs destroying government on planet earth. It came about because it didn’t!

 

WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT

Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, millions of people from what was at the time the richest continent on earth (Europe), sold everything they owned to pay for the great privilege of risking their lives on a journey across the Atlantic ocean. None of them did so for the promise of more government. In fact, they wanted the exact opposite. They were fleeing from regulations, lack of economic opportunities, cronyism and government.

Becoming an American back then meant the opportunity to make something of yourself. As a relatively young country, and the only one founded upon the ideals of classical liberalism (individual freedom), Americans enjoyed great social mobility. The ladder of economic prosperity was not yet pulled back up into the castle by Washington. This meant average Joe had a golden opportunity to work his way up. As there were no federal income taxes he could also save and invest a proportion of his income unheard of to us born after the second world war.

The America of those days is the closest any country has come to implementing real free market capitalism. The lesson; it really works! Since no man works harder than the man who works for himself, the economy grew at break neck speed, making America the world’s richest country around the time of it’s 100th birthday. Capitalism works so well because it’s the only system that’s in tune with human nature. All other economic systems fail so miserably at producing superior living standards as they seek to re-engineer it. The only problem is that humans will be humans. We’re all programed to take the path of least resistance. Offer someone a short-cut and they’ll take it. Let someone vote themselves access to other people’s wallets and they will.

America was great because it was different. In America there were no short-cuts. The only path to a better life was that of hard work and entrepreneurship. Since Washington protected freedoms rather than violate them, the system was geared towards entrepreneurship. It was the easiest country in the world to come from nothing, start a business and prosper. Why?

The barriers to entry were precious few as insiders couldn’t use the government to exclude the upstarts.
There was simply no government to use!

As there were no Wallmart lobbying for a higher national minimum wage designed to bankrupt weaker competitors, your startup had a greater chance at survival. The highway to wealth, which has always been paved with entrepreneurship, was thus wide open to all. Add to the mix the complete absence of federal income taxes and you can see why this system was highly conducive for the little guy to make it in.

America was great as people living there had the freedom to build, create, sell, own, prosper and chart their own course in life with minimal impediments put in place from Washington.

 

 

WHAT TURNED AMERICA INTO A DISASTER

Contemporary America is one of the most unfree countries in the world. The tyrannical treatment of her own citizens is only surpassed by the well known serial human rights abusers of Norway and Belarus. Like the citizens of those prison colonies, Americans are now taxed, regulated, policed and lawyered to death. Starting a business is now a regulatory nightmare and a costly affair only people with existing wealth can afford.

Even if you find yourself amongst those lucky men, the feds can shut you down and destroy your life’s work over some tiny infraction of some obscure building code. The mega corporations thrive in such an environment as they can afford to lawyer up and navigate this regulatory maze. The one man business start-up often can not!

This is not greatness, but evil incarnate!

This American descent from greatness kicked off with the 16th amendment to the constitution which paved the way for the creation of a federal income tax in 1913. Shortly thereafter came the World Wars and America’s military build-up began. Once the red scare became a sad fact, the disaster was complete. The Federal government continued to swell out of all thomassowellonwelfarestateproportions in the second half of the 20th century to face both real military and imagined social threats.  The former thrifty self-sufficient American populace now fell prey to the populism and promise of ever more freebies from Washington. As Thomas Sowell puts it → 

This however was no accident of history. Contrary to popular belief, rich and powerful people lobby and work to expand government to protect themselves from competition. The more rules people must contend with, the more time and money they must spend on dealing with them. The higher the taxes, the less people have to save and invest. The higher the number of people who lead a hand to mouth existence, the higher the number of voters who will look to politicians for a handout.

This shifts the focus away from How can I start a business and make it on my own to How can I vote to live off of everybody else as i have no other option. In short, the United States have become a country full of dependents and her exceptionalism is no more. American greatness is dead.

 

 

 

HOW TRUMP CAN MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

Can one man really change all this? Probably not but a president does have the power to turn the ship. It would only take less government and more individual freedom to make America great again. This unleashing of the American entrepreneurial spirit would unshackle the economy and lead to wild economic growth. It would make America exceptional again.

As an economy grows, there’s more wealth to go around and everyone benefits. Prices fall as production increases and purchasing power goes up in lock-step with living standards. By making America more free, it will become more rich. It will once again be a great place to live for those who want to work and prosper.

Legalizing freedom though is no easy task.

There are tens of millions of obstacles (i.e. vested interest, rent-seekers, bureaucrats, corporations, politicians, lawyers) benefiting from the status quo that are all hell bent on aborting any attempt at creating more freedom in its tracks. You can see them had at work in articles such as this where the elite’s own media publications are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to smear the would be reformer.

If Trump wins despite such smears there are 3 things he must do to make America great again;

First, president Trump can strangle out of control bureaucracies by slashing the federal budget by let’s say $1 trillion in the first year.
In short a president can attempt to starve the beast.

Second, Trump can use his presidential veto powers to deny the creation of any laws that requires more government.
Gary Johnson pioneered this policy as governor of New Mexico with great success.

Third, Trump can use the bully pull-pit of the presidency to educate the populace and advance the principles that made America great (individual freedom).
For this, Trump seem particularly well suited.

As for the first and second, only time will tell what he will do. I have a sneaking suspicion president Trump will be anything but a fiscal conservative. Yet, America should take that chance knowing that the alternatives are the great Communist America destroyers in waiting; Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton (two cuts of the same anti-greatness cloth). That’s why I put my support behind Trump 2016.

 

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  • PeteyBrian

    Don’t believe the hype – America is STILL the greatest and most powerful country in the world. Even after the next Great Depression. I dare anyone to go ahead and name a greater county anywhere in the world.

    “The Donald” will be unelectable in the USA in a general election – you know, where the other half of Americans actually vote. Sure, he resonates strongly with a portion of Republicans, but you need half of Americans to win an election.

    Marco Rubio has a better chance in a general election as he might do well with Conservatives, younger people, and Hispanics.

    Another Clinton may soon be taking over the White House.

    The USA budget is defense-heavy. China has one aircraft carrier in operation and has plans of building a second one in a few years. Meanwhile, the USA has 20 aircraft carriers in operation. If the USA ever wanted to get out of debt, it would cut defense spending in half as that’s where most most tax dollars are going.

    • Harald Baldr

      “I dare anyone to go ahead and name a greater county anywhere in the world.”

      Take your pick. I nominate any country where:

      – kids can open a lemonade stand without the government’s henchmen in the shape of the police coming to shut them down

      – any country where you you won’t lose your business or go to jail for a decade over importing fish in a non-FDA approved crate

      – any country where you don’t have to file a form detailing all your personal financial details annually under the threat of jail in the case of non-compliance

      America is a slave State and possibly the worst in the class.

      • PeteyBrian

        Simple. Just name a country. I’ll rip that country to shreds in comparison to the US. Their economy, their military, their quality of life, safety, rule of law, regulatory environment, etc,… It’s very easy for me to do.

        Does anyone think Donald Trump REALLY believes the USA isn’t the greatest country in the world? It’s his marketing ploy to get the stupid 10% of people in his party to the polls.

        If opening a shitty sidewalk business like the poor lady who was killed selling frozen fish directly in front of a downtown Pharmacy is THE sign of a great nation, no thanks, I’ll pass. Americans have fish and vegetable markets from local farmers – they are organized and called “farmer’s markets.” Can sell lemonade there. They take place on Wednesdays and weekends in many towns and cities across the USA.

        There are issues regarding the transport of fish (even live fish) that the FDA regulates – not that it has to have a proper crate! Lol. This is why people get food poisoning when traveling to foreign countries or endangered species become even more rare or extinct.

        Forms detailing personal financial details – would be referring to taxes. Yes, Americans do need to file and pay taxes once per year. Personal tax collection is partly how the USA has developed the infrastructure to incubate the world’s greatest country.

        • Harald Baldr

          lol, I think our definition of greatness is miles apart. I define greatness, as you can see in the article, as the freedom to live life as you see fit and to make something of yourself. This means low barriers to entry when it comes to making a business.

          So you want some countries? Even poor corrupt countries is way better.

          Thailand is greater than America.
          Colombia is greater than America.
          Ukraine is greater than America.

          All those countries have freer citizens and from the looks of people in them, are healthier and happier than Americans.

          • PeteyBrian

            I love your blog – and won’t hijack it – my final response on this topic.

            America’s system has produced more self-made millionaires than any country on earth. A talented teenager in 10 years just built the largest company in the world in Facebook. Is this a legal and tax system that crushes small businesses? Quite the opposite.

            There are tons of small businesses in the USA. Lots of people have businesses run out of their garages. Many businesses suck and don’t make money, but they still try. We even have TV shows called Shark Tank and West Texas Investors Club – where great ideas are met with capital and knowledge needed to grow.

            Ukraine? How can they have freedom to live life as they see fit? Ukraine is one step away from losing their sovereignty. If the USA and the western countries didn’t extend their lifeline, perhaps the Ukraine would have been a part of the Federated States of Russia… Good luck with that. I wouldn’t turn in my US Passport for that country. I believe you when you say they have hot women though – if this is the measure, then I’ll back off here… Lol.

            Sorry, I just wouldn’t turn in my US passport for Thailand. How will Thailand change with a new King in the future? Politically – even with a stable, beloved King, there seems to be a political coup every year or two with tanks and shutdown airports. Don’t get me wrong – I love Thailand – to visit and have stayed there extensively – mostly because of a cheap currency exchange. But how will Thai’s growing prosperity change things? Thailand isn’t the extreme value it once was. And how much freedom does one really have if they have no money or access to capital, live in a shack with 10 others, and shit in a hole?

          • Harald Baldr

            Don’t worry. You’re not hijacking it. I can tolerate dissent 😉

            “America’s system has produced more self-made millionaires than any country on earth”

            Yes, and you would’ve produced tons more if you still had the same system you did for the first 150 years of your existence. These days there’s less social mobility and the wealthy have closed off the American dream. The fact that one individual you refer to, which I believe is Mark Zuckerberg, was able to still make it doesn’t rebuke the fact that there are millions of aspiring entrepreneurs in America who never get the chance to start because of your ridiculous regulatory system.

            “how much freedom does one really have if they have no money or access to capital, live in a shack with 10 others, and shit in a hole?”

            You seem to conflate greatness with the size of people’s wallets. Those countries industrialized over 100 years after America and is naturally behind the curve when it comes to wealth and capital accumulation. Given your headstart you should’ve been even further ahead in terms of purchasing power but you ain’t. In fact over the past 50 years when America has embarked on its socialist experiment these countries have been gaining on you and will continue to do so. America is still getting by on it’s former greatness and the wealth that period spawned. Now you’re on borrowed time and money.

  • PeeWeeMadman

    Capitalism does not take human nature into consideration. The problem is simply that people does not like to be treated unfairly and does not like a to large degree of individual risk. Therefore, people will be inclined to violent protest against pure capitalism over time. That was the reason it failed in the 1800s. The elite did simply not dare to continue with pure capitalism, because they were afraid of more violent uprisings. You even had many incidents of armed clashes between labour and Pinkerton agents and other hired stooges in the USA itself! Another thing is that as soon as any other country than the USA enacted universal suffrage, pure capitalism was gone. I do not really see how a system that is gone as soon as everyone get the vote is anywhere near a system that considers human nature!

    Also, capitalism is not the system that produced the most increase in living standards. The most increase in living standards came in the social democratic period between 1950 and 1974.

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