An Editorial By A Loyal Listener “The Keys To America”
The Keys to America
Donald Trump’s slogan is “Make America Great Again”. But, what “greatness” is he talking about? One indication comes from a History Channel documentary on the Copper Kings of Butte. It stated that in the roughly 35 years following our Civil War, America became the leading industrialized nation in the world. Two metals were instrumental in this, steel and copper, and 40% of that copper came from Butte. Not bad for a fast growing scrap rabble city in the middle of the frontier.
By 1940, America was ramping up to lead the free world to victory against two evil empires on two fronts half a world apart. From 1939 to 1945, America produced over 61,000 tanks, 300,000 aircraft, and 1,200 ships. Most of the minerals and labor necessary came from within. It required over 400,000 tons of steel alone. America did not conquer other nations, steal their resources, their wealth, and enslave their people’s like so many nations before to produce this war machine. America was the exception. But what were the keys that made it all possible, and could we do it now?
In my view, there were four keys to this “exceptionalism”. First; – a constitution of limited government, essential to maximize our freedom but demanding honesty, integrity, self-reliance, self-initiative, and self-responsibility. Second; private property rights – essential for a capitalistic economy. Third; free enterprise, – essential for business to develop unencumbered by excessive government regulation. And fourth; public ownership of the mineral estate – essential so citizens could go onto their lands and seek the minerals necessary for industrial growth and our increasing quality-of-life.
Now, in my view, we have lost much of this framework in the last 50 years, starting with President Johnson. It may sound simplistic, but my generation, the Baby Boomers, became obsessed with protesting anything and everything, first the Vietnam War, then the environment, then wilderness and wildlife issues. Too many began making a living at it, and continue to do so today, to the continuing detriment of our Nation. The remarkable political and industrial machinery that made America the leading nation has been unraveling, thanks in large part to four democrat presidents and an absolutely partisan press.
But why have they been doing this? LBJ’s “Great Society” wasted $21 TRILLION during the last 50 years with no measurable improvement in our poverty rate. Obamacare has made a shambles of our medical system and has hurt millions of our citizens. We are $20 TRILLION in debt while Obama and his administration are squandering BILLIONS combating the Climate Change (aka Global Warming) ghost. It’s as if they are purposely working against the best interests of our Nation. Why?
One frightening possibility comes from a speech given at the 1994 United Nations Ambassadors’ dinner by David Rockefeller (Grandson of John D.). “This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open too long… We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order.” In another missive, Mr. Rockefeller stated, “The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries”.
It might sound like just another conspiracy theory, but, why then did Obama so embrace “Climate Change”. Why did he fly to England to try to stop the English from exiting the European Union (“Brexit”)? Why was Hillary so glad the globalist Council on Foreign Relations opened a new office just down the street from her State Department. Why are the democrats so eager to give the Keys to America to Brussels? These are truly “interesting” questions in this critical presidential election year.
EA (Andy) Johnson
Butte, MT 59702