It looks as if the next presidential election will be a referendum on the transformation of America.
Every Democratic candidate is proposing changes that would fundamentally affect our economy, change our Constitution and, in effect, transform America.
They are obsessed with the notion that President Donald Trump is a Russian agent and must avenge his illegitimate election. Their speeches and pronouncements are reminiscent of the doublespeak of the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse in “Alice in Wonderland.”
They are convinced that the top 10 percent of earners are not paying their “fair share” when in reality they pay 70 percent of the revenue collected, that “social justice” requires the wealthy to share since they have more than they need, and that “equality” and “fairness” mean redistribution to each according to his needs.
They are oblivious to the self-evident truth that you cannot make the poor prosperous by legislating prosperity out of the wealthy, just as you can’t multiply wealth by dividing it.
Author John Steinbeck once said that “Socialism never took root in America because the poor do not see themselves as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
Being rich or being poor in America is not a fixed state. It is a function of mobility in a system where all are moving in one direction or another.
Redistribution does not lift those at a lower level to a higher economic level. Instead it takes from those who have achieved, discouraging their ideas, abilities and ambitions.
An omnipotent government that can give you everything you need can also take everything you have. In their infinite wisdom, the Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution the principle that the state is subservient to the individual, not vice versa.