And now, we Americans are being deluged with frantic propaganda about two other imminent dangers – a health care system that is so inadequate and expensive that it threatens to bankrupt the nation, and a global-warming climate change that will turn the whole world into a Mad Max hell.
The proponents of drastic measures to avoid these cataclysmic disasters, including our current administration, are virtually screaming the modern equivalent of "THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!"
And as they do, they urgently propose big-government takeovers as the only possible solution to both alarms. Notice it's not conservative, free-enterprise leaders and thinkers who are making these proposals – it's folks who already favor big government as the answer to everything, and they feel they've found the way to enforce that at last.
I'm just one guy, but I do a lot of thinking, and I have loved this country and the way we normally do things for a long time. I really get nervous, even agitated, when I feel our citizenry is being steamrolled, even bamboozled, into precipitous and likely counterproductive actions. I "got took" by the Y2K snake oil salesmen, and I don't want us to be stampeded into foolish behavior again.
I've got a couple of proposals, but first I'd like to share a few stats from a whale of a speech made by Rep. Bob McEwen to 11,000 students at Liberty University a couple days after President Obama addressed both houses of Congress. See if McEwen's words – far more salient and wise than the president's – don't affect your thinking as they have mine.
He pointed out that the USA has just 4 percent of the world's population. Still, we have contributed – through our free-enterprise system – more of the technological, medical and scientific advances to bless our earth than any other nation. Russia, in comparison, larger than China and Canada together, with huge oil, metals, natural gas and gold reserves, has a GDP (gross domestic product) smaller than New Jersey.
Twenty-six Arab nations, with all their oil billions and other resources apart from their vast land mass, have a GDP less than half that of California. The world's fourth-largest nation, Indonesia (where Barack Obama spent his childhood), also with incredible natural resources and oil reserves, and with 300 million people, has a GDP smaller than Louisiana, with its 4 million people.
As Rep. McEwen asked, "Why is that? What is it that makes our country so much more productive, with so much more to contribute to the whole world, than any other nation on earth?"
And the answer is plainer than the noses on our faces. It's our free-enterprise, independent, voluntary system of living that inspires and enables our people to see something that's needed or wanted – and to create answers and products and methods to meet those needs. In turn, we share it with the world and bless everybody. And yes, incidentally, we do make a profit from all this, enabling us to keep on making other advancements. That's what rankles a lot of other people, most of whom haven't created anything, but resent those who do.
All these other nations not only pour more unfiltered sewage into the world environment, and produce far less that the world really needs – but they are controlled by their governments, some by dictators. In totally socialistic countries, basic human needs may be provided by excessive taxation, but the incentives to innovate and produce are greatly inhibited.
Two things are starkly, incontrovertibly true. In any nation, the greater the freedom, the greater the wealth and opportunity for all. The more oppressive and controlling the government, the greater the poverty and lethargy. When incentive is suppressed, individual initiative is rare.