Has America lost it’s courage?
ARTICLE By George Lawson
Has America lost it’s courage? The cry for socialism grows ever louder.
A capitalist world is the home of a productive people intent on forging their own destinies. People left to their own devices tend to make great contributions to their country and the world. But capitalism is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to invest in risky ventures. And risk is the natural fertilizer of capitalism. Wherever you see a successful business, someone made a courageous decision. It is the courage of the capitalist that has taken us from the dark ages to the age of enlightenment.
Yet despite the wealth and opportunity created by the capitalist, the cry for socialism grows. It requires little courage and even less education to vote for government to take care of you. And the cry for totally equality grows? If people were created equal we would all still be living in the stone age.
Winston Churchill, said, “The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity, and the main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery.”
Everyone wants wealth. There are various ways to achieve it. One can win the lottery. A rich uncle might leave you something in his will.
Or, one can sell beachfront property in North Dakota: because it’s easy to sell socialism to fools. And there are a lot of buyers out there. Lenin and Mao—who are responsible for over a hundred million deaths—could attest to that.
The capitalist has to work and save, dream and put those dreams to work. It takes as much courage to invest your life savings in a dream as it does to charge up a hill with a bayonet knowing you are outnumbered. But that is the kind of courageous people who built America. Given the election of President Trump isn’t it obvious we still have a good many capitalists “out there?” However the huge outcry from the left cannot be ignored. They are a growing menace to capitalism, freedom, and prosperity.
In today’s America, foreign investment is overtaking American investment in strategic resources. There are several very large foreign-owned companies now operating here. And the number is rising. That becomes a problem when their investments are bigger than our own, especially in strategic resources. For many Americans, investing in these startegic staples of oil, mining, and timber is just not “politically correct.”
Our young people should be our greatest resource; however, a good many are pursuing worthless do-nothing degrees. They are people who think capitalism is unfair. They see only: tax the rich, total equality for all, and political correctness versus the most qualified. And, of course, many 30-year-olds still living in their parents basement are looking for someone to lead them to some legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Frederic Bastiat, 1801-1850, said, “Our young people will have strange ideas on freedom and property, and in their admiration of brute force they will deal with political questions in the streets, by throwing cobblestones.”
The best indication of a lack of capitalist courage is the number of left wing people elected to public office. These may be, anti-capitalist, pro-socialist, and anything-goes.
We do have people among us with a grip on our problems and very good solutions. But for whatever the reason they do not get elected.
History teaches us the evils of government, but today it seems history is not taught with the intensity it should be, and is very often revisionist when it is taught. And so, history repeats itself.
If we lose our country to tyrants there will be no second chance. Oh, we may have a revolution, but if the French Revolution is any guideline, when the dust clears, we will have worse than what we started with.
John Adams said, “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mold itself into a system of subordination of all the moral values and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.
I’m George Lawson. I am 71. I am a Vietnam veteran. I worked the uranium industry for many years. I worked overseas for ten years. Somalia, Algeria, Yemen, UAE, Syria. I have no television. I threw it out 30 years ago. I am retired and I have several essays on various subjects. I have a very good library on history that I replaced the stupid tube with.