ELDER PATRIOT – Do not be deluded by the clashes we have witnessed in Charlotte and in Boston. There are likely to be more. The organizers of both sides are enemies of the common good and the useful idiots following them like sheep are exactly that – useful idiots.
Organized by Deep State operatives and financed by your tax dollars, foreign interests, and large corporate donors we are being forced to endure a morality play – only without morality on either side – intended to create such a massive division in America that our true enemy can drive their Globalist 18-wheeler through it.
The United States is at a crossroads. We are being presented with two choices. Do we turn towards Bernie Sanders and the Democrats and descend into a thousand years of economic darkness governed by authoritarians or do we acquiesce to the global power structure and allow ourselves to become their economic slaves?
But, there is a third way forward that we aren’t considering. And it’s following the vision Donald Trump campaigned on. It’s the same reason Teddy Roosevelt’s likeness was carved into Mount Rushmore.
TR became president under strikingly similar conditions as Donald Trump did and with a strikingly similar background. He was born into a wealthy family in New York City. And, like Trump he embraced free market capitalism, private property rights, and the determination to return government to serving the people and not the other way around.
Both also ran on populist platforms articulating complex solutions to the political and economic circumstances of their respective eras that had left the nation moribund and its people disaffected.
When TR was sworn into office the industrial revolution had changed the pulse of our nation from the slow pace of a rural, agrarian economy and into a nation where people were concentrated into urban centers and money was concentrated into corporate chieftains and “robber barons.”
Sound familiar? And, then as now, the rise of the laborites – fueled by the massive immigration of people with no idea how free market capitalism works – threatened the imposition of Marxism over our glorious land.
The similarity has not been missed by Vice President, Mike Pence, who has been by Trump’s side long enough to himself make the comparison: “In President Trump, I think the United States once again has a president whose vision, energy, and can-do spirit is reminiscent of President Teddy Roosevelt.”
Today, our lives have been made immeasurably easier by the technological advancements made in agriculture, manufacturing, and information technologies. And today, as in Roosevelt’s America, we are once again confronted by the problems of urbanization and wealth concentration.
Trump knows, as TR proved, that there is a middle path to prosperity for the great majority of Americans.
Roosevelt understood the value that corporations brought to the economic vitality of our nation but he also realized the threat they posed if unchecked. TR realized that the ideological extremes of both parties had no interest in a new path forward. Thank God he did.
TR sought a balanced legislative agenda that would reform – not topple – corporate governance so that our great national character, that provided the foundation for individuals to benefit from their own efforts, and according to their own efforts, would be preserved.
The Vice President has described Trump in similarly glowing tones: “Then, as now, we have a leader who sees things not just as they are but for what they could be … who understands, in his words, ‘a nation is only living as long as it is striving.’”
Roosevelt became known as a “trust buster,” enforcing laws against monopolists that modern libertarians would reject today. But the essence of free market capitalism is competition. It results in lower prices, betters service, and a wider distribution of wealth – without government deciding the method of that wealth distribution.
TR’s legacy was three decades of internal social cohesion and prosperity.
Modern politicians have rigged the system so that without legislative change – the reforms Trump wants to make to restore the balance between labor and industry in the fashion of Roosevelt – we will increasingly become the servants to the “great” banking institutions and to corporate America.
“Too big to fail’ represented the political class’ complete repudiation of everything our country had previously embraced. Yet, almost a decade later, the same politicians who passed Dodd-Frank – that put into law automatic bail-ins for future corporate malfeasance and illegal acts – now lead the political parties of both Houses of Congress.
Just as Roosevelt addressed the challenges of the Age of Industrialization, Trump is going to be forced to address the perils we are facing in the Information Age.
When TR was president, Standard Oil controlled 90% of the oil market in the U.S. and was the source of Rockefeller’s immense wealth. In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States the Supreme Court made a bedrock decision to break Standard Oil into 34 separate companies.
The decision protected private ownership rights – an essentially American principle – but it also balanced the rights of the people to the benefits of competition.
It is almost inarguable that as a result of the break-up of Standard Oil, Rockefeller’s wealth increased. And, the company’s vast economic and political powers were returned to the people. That’s a win-win that should be a model not just for governing but also for corporate titans, unless it is the power and control that they crave.
It also implodes the Libertarian argument.
Today, Trump is confronting not only the concentration of wealth in every possible sector of the economy but also among the major media giants.
Their stranglehold over the free exchange of ideas, that is essential for Americans to understand the threats that they are facing to their freedom, their prosperity, free market capitalism, and our democracy, has led to the rise of fake news and censorship.
And now these media giants, are conflating the staged confrontations, between Antifa and the so-called alt-Right, into an either or choice that Americans must make. But as Ronald Reagan warned us in his iconic 1964 speech and Teddy Roosevelt proved:
“… there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down: [up] man’s old — old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.