INSIGHTS FROM EIGHT DECADES #3

Individual freedom and justice are the two pillars upon which our system of government has been built. From those two pillars come the rule of law and individual freedom. I believe what we were in the 1600’s and what we are now is due to the freedom of individuals to seek their own destiny. America is a great nation, the greatest nation in the history of the world. We are not a great because off what our early settlers brought with them but rather because of what they left behind in Europe and Asia.
Our black citizens from Africa never had the same opportunity. Whatever impediments to progress and individual freedom they left behind, they found no advantages here. They did not get off the slave ships into a land of individual freedom and opportunity for them. Instead they found slavery and slavery is as far from individual freedom as you can get. Their freedom did not begin until after the Civil War.
For others, the cultures, rulers and religions their ancestors sailed away from did not recognized the individual as the basis of society. Conformity to the culture and religion and obedience to the monarch was the code to survival. No where was empowerment of the individual encouraged or tolerated. The genius and drive of the individual to build nations and raise masses of people above the poverty level was never unleashed in Europe or Asia when America was being settled. The concept of equality in Europe, Asia and most of the rest of the world is based on everyone ending up with their fair and equal share of the nation’s wealth. To achieve those goals Individual Exceptionalism is discouraged.
In those lands, equality is achieved by pulling down or penalizing individual success for the good of the many, instead of encouraging the general up lifting of society. The Fabian Socialists, until now mostly in Europe, would argue that approach is simply sacrificing the few for equality of the many. This approach has not worked so far, but its adherents seem to have difficulty recognizing the lessons of history and the costly record in human terms of centralized social engineering from the left or right.
And so today, we are embarked on another quest to level the playing field. Instead,equal opportunity for all citizens is what we need to accomplish, recognizing that equal opportunity does not mean everyone gets an equal share of earned wealth. We all have different levels of ability, motivation, discipline and luck. To have true individual freedom, we must let those factors play out with little or no  meddling by bureaucratic centralists with the best of intentions.
It is the people who built this great nation. Not as directed by the government, but by the individual efforts and sacrifices of millions and millions of Americans striving to improve themselves and the country they lived in. For sure, America has natural resources, a good climate and a protected strategic location. But those are not the reasons we are and can remain a great Nation. Greatness is from the work of a proud and free people. Enjoy and protect.

2 Comments

Filed under class warfare, Intelligence & Politics, Politics

2 responses to “INSIGHTS FROM EIGHT DECADES #3

  1. Beth Ramsey

    I do in many circumstance agree with you. That being said America is GREAT because great Men an Women fought for the right to speak our minds and all those minds together make us great. Thank you for your service.

  2. Pingback: EIGHT DECADES OF INSIGHTS 29 | Barry Kelly | Facts and Fictions

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s