The Greatest Country in the Greatest Time
Ingrates, snowflakes, and the perpetually aggrieved got far too much media attention in the run-up to Independence Day this year.
For some people, it’s not enough that they can’t enjoy America. They don’t want anyone else having too much fun on behalf of “We the People” either.
A dispiritingly influential Colin Kaepernick was able to scuttle a new Nike shoe that featured the Betsy Ross version of the American flag. The has-been NFL star felt that the iteration of our national symbol from back in 1777 had somehow become a symbol of white nationalism – never mind that former President Barack Obama had two such flags on stage behind him at his 2013 inauguration.
Reality doesn’t matter when “social justice” is at issue.
Then there were the hysterical before-and-after reactions to the Trump Independence Day rally on the National Mall…
Allegedly serious journalists were comparing this family-friendly patriotic celebration to the Soviet Union and North Korea. Professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School intoned on Twitter that the “resemblance to the days before Tiananmen Square is chilling.” Public figures on the Left claimed that the sight of American tanks and a B-2 bomber flyover were worrisome signs that martial law could be upon us. Seriously.
That the American Left has largely gone insane is a subject that requires another essay (or a book series). But the anti-American lunacy on display from liberals over the Fourth of July holiday is even more inexplicable when set against the backdrop of an increasingly undeniable reality:
America is kicking ass right now.
I mean it. We are not fighting a major war. We are not faced with the serious possibility of nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Soviet Union. Jihadist terrorism has, for the moment, receded. For the foreseeable future, China will be more concerned with economic espionage than kinetic warfare. There is not a single, massive, destabilizing conflict on the face of the earth – thanks in no small part to American military’s hegemony.
That’s just the security foundation for our American awesomeness. There is so much more…
Our economy is roaring. If anything, we are in danger of becoming spoiled by an economic engine that keeps churning out prosperity, year after year. Unemployment is under 4%. Workforce participation and job creation are in great shape. The stock market keeps hitting new highs. These are the best of times by any reasonable standard.
How much of this is attributable to President Donald Trump? Well, if jobs losses were skyrocketing, terrorists were hitting our major cities, and there were race riots in the streets, you can be sure that the media and the Democrats would blame Trump for all of it.
And since he would get blamed under those circumstances, he deserves praise today.
Cutting taxes was the right move. Deregulation was a huge help for businesses. And his generally pro-commerce, pro-capitalist attitude has an overall positive impact that, while hard to measure, is still very powerful.
Yes, there are risks ahead. Nobody in either party seems to care anymore, but our $22 trillion dollars in national debt is a ticking time bomb. Support for socialism is rising at an alarming rate. Our southern border is a mess – perhaps the worst it has ever been. Hundreds of thousands of migrants continue to illegally pour across our border, with economic, political and social costs that are impossible to calculate. Many expect a major recession to hit sometime in the next two years, which could upend the political landscape and undue much of the last decades’ prosperity.
Nobody can predict the future. But we can celebrate the present. And we should.
Right now, you are probably walking around with a supercomputer in your pocket that lets you run a business, order from dozens of nearby restaurants, and even buy a car with a few pushes of a button. Anyone who grew up taking long road trips knows that food across America has become much more sophisticated, fresh, and delicious. Our entertainment options are endless. We live in a society where material wealth is no longer about basic needs. Deciding how best to enjoy our abundance has become its own daunting task.
So yes, America is amazing right now. If you are fortunate enough to be reading this within U.S. territorial boundaries, you’re living in the freest, most powerful, most incredible society to have ever existed. In the full scope of human history, you have been blessed beyond comprehension.
America is a truly great place. Rejoice. Relax. Enjoy.
Because it’s not going to last forever.
We expect the national news media to soon start the alarm bells, if only to help their favored Democrat Party candidates…
As Democrats face the prospect of campaigning against President Donald Trump, they might sum up their biggest obstacle this way: “It’s the stupid economy!” With stocks at record highs and unemployment at the lowest levels in most Americans’ lifetimes, it’s going to be hard to run against the Trump economy.
Still, looking back – this has been an incredible time to be an investor…
History books will describe the last 10 years as “a period of moderate economic growth on the back of accommodative central bank policy.” This tells you very little of what actually happened.What could possibly go wrong?
Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would increase the pay of at least 17 million people, but also put 1.3 million Americans out of work…
These sorts of strikes are likely to get more common as the rhetoric heats up ahead of the 2020 election, even though Amazon already pays these warehouse workers $16.25-$20.80 an hour, plus benefits…
Warehouses in Minnesota’s Twin Cities region have become an epicenter of worker activism, led by East African Muslim immigrants… Last year workers thronged the entryway of a delivery center chanting “Yes we can” in Somali and English [and] urged co-workers to wear blue shirts and hijabs in support.
The private race for space is soon to be public…
Virgin Galactic years ago led the way in sparking interest in blasting tourists and small satellites into space using cheap rockets and various other unconventional launch systems. Experts consider it the fastest-growing segment in commercial space.
And American Consequences contributor Bill Bonner has his own close encounter of the third kind…
The Fed gives out ‘money,’ but it’s really just claim checks on other people’s wealth. When you give one group a lot more money, it has a larger claim on the other group’s time and possessions. The rich get richer. Most people get poorer… and nobody has any idea what is really going on. It’s beautiful.
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Publisher, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
July 10, 2019