The Price of Being American
(What the Left
needs to understand about the Right)
Written by JB Williams
Yes, being a member of the freest society on
earth comes at a price, and each of us will pay that price one way or
another. Being American means many different things to many people, but at
a glance, the Right understands it means being free to be ourselves in
every respect, and freedom is never free.
Itís important that we first agree on what
the most prosperous nation on earth. It is also the most generous nation
on earth, and the most powerful nation on earth. All of its power, all of
our generosity, comes from our prosperity, and all of our prosperity is a
direct result of our freedom.
If men are not free to prosper, then a
nation is doomed to destitution. The idea that wealth can be redistributed
by force, that it should be, in the form of tax codes that penalize
success, flies in the face of
American principles of freedom, as well as the laws of nature.
There is a very basic reason why some acquire wealth, while others donít.
It has to do with individual choices, the price of success.
Those who have become wealthy in
paid a price for their wealth, a price most people are unwilling to pay.
Those unwilling to pay that price will pay another for economic mediocrity
or even financial failure at the other end of the spectrum. For both, the
grass always looks greener on the other side, but neither will accept the
price of change.
Being the freest people on earth makes us
both the most loved and the most envied and hated nation on earth, for all
the same reasons. Most countries around the globe depend on
one way or another. Though they are glad to have our support, they would
rather not need it. Many resent the fact that they are in any way
power. After all, there are strings attached to our generosity, loyalty
topping the list.
has spoiled many nations with our generosity; those countries developing a
knack for biting the hand that feeds them. In many ways, Americanís
themselves have been spoiled by the fact that so many are able to enjoy
the fruits of our forefatherís sacrifices, some forgetting that those
sacrifices were ever made, ignoring that they will need to be made
Being free comes with a very high price,
first paid in the blood of soldiers who secure and defend that freedom
against those who wish to see
bondage. Often, defending our freedoms at home includes securing freedom
for others abroad, giving them a personal stake in a peaceful civilized
world. Some believe this is too high a price for our own freedom, or fail
to see the connection all together.
Then, the daily price is paid by every
American in the form of individual consequences for how we choose to use
our individual freedom. No ceiling means no floor either, as Americanís we
are working a high-wire act without a net, taking risks without any
guarantees. Many donít like this price eitherÖ
When all goes well, we want the credit and
the fruits of our labor, the reward for the risks we were willing to take.
But when it doesnít go exactly as planned, we naturally start looking for
that safety net that was never a part of
original design. Being an American has never been for the faint
As Americanís we are free to have no plan at
all for our individual future, and equally free to enjoy the fruits of
that effort. Sometimes no plan works out, kind of like winning the
lottery, but when it doesnít, we are quick to search for someone else to
take responsibility for the price that comes with failure.
The same is true for our friends around the
globe. They envy
power, our prosperity that affords that power, even more; they resent
their own weakness by comparison, though they too, are unwilling as
nations, as people, to accept the price of change. Itís so much easier to
for their position in the world.
Instead of adopting American principles that
produced American prosperity and power, they prefer to weaken
down to their level. Because they are unwilling to pay the price
has paid for its freedom and subsequent prosperity, they prefer
forfeit its freedom and power in the world, in order to level the
international playing field, and to no surprise, many Americans in search
of a government issued level playing field at home agree.
Just as those Americanís unwilling to pay
the personal price of economic freedom expect our government to elevate
them by reducing the rich to equal status, the international community
looks to reduce American prestige in order to elevate itself in the
The world has always had a dominant power.
Throughout history, that power has usually been found in the hands of
tyrants who used that power to enslave their own people and their
case, we have used our power to free people around the globe, to empower
people, to liberate nations from tyrannical regimes that brutalized their
own. Yet somehow, this story has been perverted by the global press,
The fact that so many misunderstand
motives doesnít change the fact that our motives are honorable; it just
makes it more difficult to achieve our goal of a freer more prosperous and
more peaceful world.
Hereís the rub, in order for
remain powerful, it must remain prosperous. In order for it to remain
prosperous, it must remain as free as possible. We can not allow our most
successful risk takers in society to be targeted by those unwilling to
take risks. Government canít level the playing field; people must remain
free to choose their own destiny.
In order for the world to become more
prosperous, more self-sufficient, more peaceful, they must adopt the same
principles that made America the most prosperous and most powerful nation
on earth, not expect America to concede its power to an international
community that has no understanding of that power.
I am not defending wealth, I am defending
the freedom to become whatever you want, including wealthy. I donít
personally qualify as one of
ďrichĒ, only as one who recognizes the choices I have made with my
freedom, and accepts the results of my decisions.
Left needs to understand that most of us on the Right are just like them,
except we accept the fruits of our decisions, and our responsibilities in
the world. Itís time they did the same!
Itís time the international community stop
relinquish or apologize for its power, its prosperity, and its honorable
intentions for a more prosperous and peaceful world. Itís time both begin
to focus on what is right about
improves the lives of many around the world.
Right understands and respects these principles, and we intend to preserve
them by any means necessaryÖnot because we are ďrichĒ, but because we are
free to become ďrichĒ if we so choose.
Free to become whatever we chooseÖand you
canít put a price tag on that!