I recommend that my devoted readers take a seat. I’m retracting my theory on the American stance on our economic situation. I’ve come to realize after years of debate that I was wrong. Yes, I was wrong.
Over the last five years or so, I’ve titled myself as a conservative, capitalist promoting the global market and free trade. I’ve been disillusioned by my beliefs in market economics, business development, and the American stigma of ‘entitlement.’ I was under this premise that America couldn’t fail, that it would always prevail. We would find new ways to be ahead of the game. That’s not the case.
Just as recently as this week, I posted a blog on how China could have our manufacturing – we’d always be a step ahead. I easily took to debate that we would learn, evolve, and continue to move forward as we lost manufacturing. I even went so far to call it “primitive,” blaming the American public for always wanting the lowest price, not wanting to be a manufacturer (blue collar = bad), and being spoiled (entitlement). Again, I was wrong.
After reading “Where the Right went Wrong” by Patrick Buchanan, I’ve come to my senses. Yes, I’ve always knew the facts, but they were easy to rebut. We are digging ourselves into a grave, nearing the point of no escape. We need to halt all trading pacts, agreements, and global organizations including NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO, UN, and the League of Nations. We need to halt all free imports. We need to increase exports. We need to instill tariffs upwards of 60% on all foreign products.
Yes, we are to blame for slipping into this quagmire, between Nixon, H. Bush, Clinton, and W. Bush; we’ve virtually opened our doors to international regulation while still abiding by our own restriction. We believe in fair pay, honest environmental practices, and proper business while our partners disregard all meaning for human and natural life. I’m not blaming unions or environmental activists; I’m blaming all of the other countries that are uncivilized, the countries that have no regard.
Fortress America shouldn’t be a concept but actually a program. We need to shut down the borders on illegal immigrants and cheap foreign product. Our dollar is falling, our workforce is getting paid less, and foreign companies are purchasing our debt. Our fore fathers would be outraged. Historic conservatives would scoff at the principles of today’s modern republicans.
We need to stop defending global “free” trade and start defending America. Every time a manufacturer loses a plant and thousands of workers lose their jobs, the government has failed. If we had to be self-sufficient, I don’t think it would be possible. I blame people like myself for letting market economics, “compassionate conservatism”, and outright denial blind our view on the future of America.