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We DID Build That: America IS Exceptional — WIll it Stay That Way?

When compared to other nations, America is definitely Exceptional. However, we must not be fooled by that comparison. Instead we should ALSO compare our nation with USA generations past. Statistics don’t lie. The USA is definitely slipping and moving in the wrong direction. The power of Gradualism is taking us down, drip-by-drip. The drive for equality of RESULTS versus equality of OPPORTUNITY will inhibit our nation’s historic drive for growth, achievement, entrepreneurism, innovation, leadership and exceptionalism.

History has clearly demonstrated that the keys to America’s success: A flourishing economy; plentiful, good-paying jobs; and individual freedom and prosperity for the greatest number ― is a competitive, free-market, free-enterprise, entrepreneurial, innovative, personal-initiative, profit/surplus-motivated, law-and-order economy ― where companies and enterprises exist, and people work to meet the needs, wants and expectations of their stakeholders, i.e., their customers, employees, suppliers, communities, creditors and investors ― in that order of priority.

And this must be accomplished at a profit or financial-surplus (tax-free “non-profits”) sufficient to support the ongoing growth and balanced needs of each enterprise ― sufficient to provide investors and creditors and benefactors with an attractive return on their investment in the economy ― and adequate to offset the implicit risks of supporting the financial needs of each enterprise.

Free market, competitive free-enterprise is a time-tested, proven economic discovery that works ― based on freedom, natural law, private property, and the private ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods and services ― characterized by free competitive markets, motivation by profit or surplus, and safety nets for those who cannot care for themselves.

In a de facto Socialistic/Communistic oriented economy as promoted by the Leftist-Progressive-Democrat-Party, many of these functions and forces are taken over by self-serving government bureaucrats, complacent job-fillers, and career politicians – who can’t possibly provide the collective wisdom, experience and motivation of liberated businesspersons, entrepreneurs, innovators, and workers ― operating in a competitive, free-market, free-enterprise, entrepreneurial, profit/surplus-motivated, sky’s-the-limit economy.

Unfortunately, the Obama/Clinton/Leftist-Progressive-Democrat-Party has seriously undermined these proven American cultural and political values – in pursuit of self-serving political power and entitlements.

I recommend below the outstanding column from The Observer, offering “The case for American exceptionalism”. Worth the read.

In God we must trust . . . but we must always do our part – to secure and promote the truth and a better way – to protect our freedom, interests and prosperity – and to defend our competitive, free-market, constitutional, free-enterprise system – and our Judeo-Christian American-Way and Prosperity Machine.

The case for American exceptionalism
Liam Stewart/ August 29, 2016

America. What does it mean to you? For some, it means liberty and opportunity; for others, it means football tailgates and family BBQs. But for many Americans, it is a story of great adversity and unparalleled achievement. While they recognize that it is not perfect, nor has it ever been, many Americans see the U.S. as a beacon of hope and freedom for all mankind.

In the eyes of some at home and abroad, however, there is something fundamentally wrong with this worldview. Almost daily, some prominent figure can be found denouncing the evils of early American history, the excesses of American culture, the flaws of American foreign policy or the inequality in American society. More often than not, these indictments are based on misguided information and a distorted view of reality.

Americans, in turn, are often criticized for their national pride, and unfairly characterized as biased or ignorant. Perhaps, as an immigrant to this great country, I can offer an explanation for American exceptionalism that will not be dismissed as blind patriotism.

American exceptionalism is the belief that the United States is inherently different from other nations, specifically in regards to its unique history, values and unrivaled success. It is a nation born from the understanding that God, not government, bestows upon people their unalienable right to liberty.

Individual freedom is so profoundly engrained in American society that most of the world can hardly understand it — whether that’s the guarantee of gun ownership, the sanctity of trial by jury or the rights of citizens to say what they want and financially support whichever political candidates they choose.

The founders of this nation believed that constitutionally protected freedom would allow individuals to generate wealth and live prosperously without government infringement. They were right. The great American experiment that began in 1776 would succeed in creating the wealthiest, freest and most powerful nation in the history of civilization.

The values of free enterprise, market capitalism and private industry created the largest and richest economy the world has ever known. These values help us understand how the United States, with less than five percent of the global population, represents almost 30 percent of total world economy.

One of the most pervasive misconceptions is that America is somehow losing its … Keep Reading the Rest at: The case for American exceptionalism

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William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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