The Revolutionary Idea of America

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America is an idea.  We were supposed to be governed by citizen/legislators rather than elected royalty. That revolutionary idea was supposed to keep government small and simple.  Sure, a complex and invasive government was fine for European empires, but that bloated form of government was supposed to be un-American.  When we say these United States are in decline, they are in decline because of the decline of that one simple idea.

America isn’t wealth. We say a company is in decline when its productivity falls and its debts accumulate. It is certainly true that the Obama administration has given America a record amount of debt and unemployment.  Some of that debt was accumulated with the help of a willing House and Senate, but the Obama Administration also spent lots of taxpayer money on their own.  That documents the rise of an imperial presidency that acts outside the law.   Sadly…

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