I was once optimistic that America could save itself by leveraging a return to the brilliant system designed by brilliant minds in the years following 1776 – but with each passing day, I get more and more pessimistic that the ship can be righted by those conventional means.
Liberty has become a commodity the productive pay government to be able to retain in small amounts. They are chained to government by the Quixotic notion that hard work and adherence to First Principles are still valued – even as more and more liberty is taken from them by a socialistic government and socialistic institutions (like a university that deigns to suspend a student and require reeducation for committing the thoughtcrime of stating #alllivesmatter). The productive have most assuredly become the “forgotten man” of Yale University professor William Graham Sumner. He identified that person in an 1876 essay:
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