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posted on 26 December 2017

America: Bad News and Good News

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The bad news: America is being destroyed by both the extreme left (Democratic Socialism) and the extreme right (Democratic Imperialism). Worse yet, both of them are oblivious and seemingly clueless about America's past, present, and future.

The good news: I have the most accurate diagnosis for America, as well as the best solution. Better yet, it's all documented in my latest book: American Democracy.

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Let me explain ...

1. The extreme left

One of the most prominent figures on the extreme left is Prof. Robert Reich. Below is one of his most recent videos, which you will surely like, if you are on his side.

Unfortunately, he is almost totally wrong!

Bottom line: the good old days he is nostalgic about are an exception, not the rule. For more, read on ...

2. The extreme right

One of the most prominent figures on the extreme right is Steve Bannon. The video below tells you a lot about who he is. For more, read: Steve Bannon on '60 Minutes'.

Unfortunately, Mr. Bannon, just like Prof. Reich, is almost totally wrong, on the opposite side though!

Bottom line: Mr. Bannon fails to recognize that "it's democracy, stupid!" For example, his scheme of draining the swamp appears to simply mean placing the old dirt with some new dirt, without fundamentally reforming our failing political system. For more, read on ...

3. Understanding America, truly!

First off, three big questions:

1) Was America great before?

2) Why was America so great before?

3) How did America lose its greatness?

Let me succinctly answer each question.

3.1 Was America great before?

Yes! America was at its greatest throughout the second half of the 20th century, when it dominated the world not only economically, but also politically and militarily.

3.2 Why was America so great?

Thanks to America's superb capitalism and the lack of foreign competition! Specifically, America's chief competitors were either destroyed by WWII (e.g. Germany and Japan) or self-destructed badly after WWII by adopting/continuing a fundamentally flawed system called "communism" (e.g. China 1949-1976 and the USSR). As a result, America was left as the only chief producer on earth, making and inventing virtually everything, thus dictating prices. This not only finally lifted America out of the Great Depression, but also created unprecedented prosperity in America throughout the second half of the 20th century. We, America, even dragged the rest of the world along on our coattails.

3.3 How did America lose its greatness?

Two main reasons: self-destruction and foreign competition!

While America's superb capitalism has been driving the economy, democracy, as we practice it today, has been progressively driving America deeper and deeper into Democratic Socialism as well as Democratic Imperialism - We became victims of our own success! However, no big problems showed up before year 2000, because America, as the economic monopoly, could afford anything and everything, even democracy (i.e. one person, one vote)!

The bottom fell out at the turn of the 21st century, when BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) began to show their strength. The rise of BRICS not only signaled the end of America's economic monopoly, but also revealed the naked truth about American democracy: It does not work, long term! As a matter of fact, democracy is failing in America today for the same reason it failed in ancient Greece more than 2,000 years ago, as well as in modern Greece today: debts!

4. What's the solution?

Reforming our political system!

In principle, we need to introduce some elements of autocracy into our democracy, which means to run our country like a gigantic company, with a structure as follows:

1) The President runs the daily show.

2) The board of directors (or Senate) oversees the direction.

3) The shareholders (or House) intercede only if grave mistakes are about to be made.

Specifically, below is a 10-point proposal:

1) Setting term limits for the top political offices. Four examples:

  • President: One term (e.g. six years), firm! For more, read: American Presidency: Why is One-Term a Must (Version 3)?
  • Senator: Six years per term. One term, preferably. No more than two!
  • House members: Six years per term. One term, preferably. No more than two! For more, read: Term Limits for Congress!
  • The Supreme Court: Two terms for justices. Six years per term. Adding a mandatory retirement age of 70.

2) Raising the statutory requirements for the Presidency, such as the minimum age to 55 (American Presidency: Starting at Age 55-65!) and only after having served as a state governor for one full-term, at least (Let's Redefine the American Presidency, Now!).

3) While in office, the President must not participate in any partisan event (e.g. fund-raising), so as to be the President of the country, not of any party!

4) Dissolving all public-sector unions immediately and banning them forever, with an executive order to undo President Kennedy's Executive Order 10988.

5) Cutting the defense spending drastically. If not, we will soon have no country left to defend! Note that our military budget today is bigger than the next 10 countries, combined!

6) Spending must be controlled!

  • Limiting spending to a certain percentage of the GDP (e.g. 15%).
  • The budget must be balanced. If there is growth potential, some deficit is allowed. However, always provide for payment before introducing any new spending program.
  • Minimizing the government, with the understanding that government does not create real jobs in quantity. The private sector does!
  • Reforming Social Security and Medicare. Abolishing all entitlement programs (e.g. Medicaid) and replacing them with a minimal safety net. Bottom line: No one should be better off on welfare than they are by working!

7) Simplifying everything, from laws to the tax code, so as to reduce the number of lawyers and accountants. Most importantly, you don't have to be a lawyer to run for public office.

8) A voter ID is a must, just like driving or drinking!

9) Raising the minimum voting age to 21, so that voting is at least as important as drinking! For more, read: Repealing the Twenty-Six Amendment!

10) Abolishing the Electoral College - Just count votes, instead, if you truly believe in democracy (but I do not).

5. Discussion

Here is the reality of the world: Overall, the world is better today than it was in 2000, with wealth being much more widely spread (vs. concentrated in America). For example, China has lifted some 600 million people out of poverty over the past three decades, with a burgeoning middle class.

Here is the reality of America: America's extraordinary prosperity throughout the second half of the 20th century was an exception, not the rule! As the world settles into a new norm, America must adapt, rather than being nostalgic about the past which will never return.

In other words, America's best days are well behind us - Be fooled no longer by the politicians, who keep deceiving you while reminiscing about the past, as they destroy our future!

Here is what's wrong with both the extreme left and the extreme right:

  1. The extreme left, as represented by Prof. Reich, has failed to understand one fundamental fact: the good old days in the 1960s were an exception, not the rule! As a result, they are continuously obsessed with Democratic Socialism.
  2. The extreme right, as represented by Mr. Bannon, has failed to understand one fundamental fact: The Evil Military-Industrial Complex. Overall, Democratic Imperialism is perhaps even more harmful to America than Democratic Socialism. For more, read: Democratic Socialism vs. Democratic Imperialism.

6. Closing

Rome was not built in one day, nor did it fail in one day. The same can be said about America (Is America the New Rome and Greece?).

Now please sit back and enjoy the video below. It was made by some of the most intelligent Americans, for the most intelligent Americans. Are you one of them?

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