America vs. the World
This is a short essay relating to my "The Fate of the Free World" essay, basically explaining the difference in thought between those who want freedom, and those who want control over others.
After reading the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and with a little knowledge of history it is not hard to understand the thoughts and reasons for our founding father's revolution of independence from Great Britain. It's a simple concept. They wanted freedom. They wanted as much freedom as possible without living in anarchy. And who wouldn't? They understood that there had to be some form of government established in any society to protect the people.
In order for a government to protect its people, the people must be willing to give up certain rights and privileges. But where do people and their governments draw the line? The answer is in our U.S. Constitution. The founders knew that government best serves the people, best protects the people, and stays in control by the people when it is small. That is why they established a federalist republic. The system established by them allows for maximum freedom while still protecting the citizens from the mob rule of true democracy.
In order to ensure this freedom, a capitalist economy must exist. I once heard from (I believe but may be wrong) Milton Friedman who said you can have capitalism without freedom, but you can't have freedom with out capitalism. Capitalism is the free flow of ideas, money, goods, and labor. It's not the controlled flow of such things as it is in Socialism/Communism.
Socialism and Communism
Socialism and Communism are hand in glove. Don't kid yourself. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Socialism as three things. They are:
2: b) a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
Even Marx called it a transitional stage between capitalism and communism. A so called halfway point. The definition of communism by the same dictionary is:
2: c) a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably
Marx and Engels were idiots. Plain and simple, and I make no apologies for that statement. They dreamt up a communist utopia, but the only factor they forgot to add when theorizing this utopia was human nature. Who would be the managers of such a fantasy world? Some higher being? No, only men. So basically what would exist would be a group of elitist men no smarter than you or I, telling all of us what we can and can't do.
As long as there is a free economy in the world, socialism and communism cannot survive. All business and money will flow to that free country, thus taking the wealth of the socialist nations with them. Socialism only works when freedom ceases to exist. And that is why I believe that the only reason socialism and communism don't have a stranglehold on the world yet is because America still stands.
Us vs. Them
What all of this boils down to is a debate of ideas, but it's not just any normal conservative versus liberal debate. It is a debate of world governance. The left in this country like to talk about "Global Governance." Our own president has said he is a "citizen of the world." Liberals and the like the world over crave one world government. The people in power right now would love to see one world government. Two things stand in their way though. America and her Constitution. The enemies of the Constitution know what the founders established. If the Constitution is obeyed and followed in good faith by those elected to power, then there is no reason why our constitution cannot act as the framework for one world government. In a nutshell, it's our form of government versus theirs. Us versus them.
We are a nation divided into states. Our states are no different than any other country in the world except for national sovereignty. Some of our states are bigger than other countries. California's economy is the third largest economy in the world.
So why couldn't another country join us as a state? What's stopping them? The answer is the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or rather the disregarding of it. The 10th amendment reads as follows: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
If our federal government would get the hell out of the way, and let the states function how they were supposed to, then America would be more appealing to other countries or provinces who would want to join us. One psychological difference we have with our founders is our idea of state-hood. I was told by a history teacher once that before the civil war, people were either Marylanders, or Virginians, or Pennsylvanians, etc. After the civil war we all became Americans. There's nothing wrong with calling ourselves Americans. But it is without a doubt equally important to recognize which state we are from. That is what makes America great! We are not the United Peoples of America, we are the United States of America.
We should never try to conquer another nation to rule over it however. If another nation wants to join our glorious union, then we should welcome them with open arms. With our federal government as strong as it is now, no sovereign nation would ever want to join us. But if we shrink the national government back down to the size it was intended to be, we would once again be a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world to admire and aspire to.
There will be some of you who read this and think I'm a quack, even some conservatives I'm sure. But just think about this: 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.It is self-evident that all men and women are brought into this world the same way all across the globe. What separates us from them is our government. So if we are all born equal, than why can't another group of people join our union?
I love my state of Maryland. I love the United States of America. I deeply love the U.S. Constitution. As I said before, what's going on today is not merely a liberal versus conservative issue. It is freedom versus tyranny. On what side do you stand?
Long Live States' Sovereignty!