Capitalism and federalism are two of the greatest models of human behavior you can imagine. Why?
And federalism – mobility, different things for different people in different states, decentralization of decision-making, individuals deciding what they want to produce (if they want to produce anything), where they want to work, how they want to work, whether they want to create a small business, work for a company, or whatever.
Federalism – people deciding if they want to live in a state that has the death penalty, or, in the past, that has same-sex marriage or doesn’t have same-sex marriage, or has low taxes, has high taxes, whatever it is.
These two things alone are unique in human history. Free market capitalism, tried almost nowhere, creating the wealthiest society on the face of the earth, despite our diversity, despite our backgrounds, despite who we are.
People coming to these shores a few years ago becoming wealthy if they choose to. It’s not handed to anybody. Maybe you’ll fail twenty-five times before you’re successful. That’s fine, because the other twenty-five times, no one wanted what you were doing.
And federalism – mobility, the ability to move from one state to the other, with different laws in one state to the other.
These two things alone have created the most compassionate, tolerant, successful, vibrant nation on the face of the earth because they decentralize decision-making.
Uniformity and conformity of the human condition is inhumane. Groupthink, grouping us together based on where we live, based on our background, based on what we look like, based on our faith, based on whatever, is poisonous.
And yet this is all you hear in the Democrat convention and, unfortunately, more and more with the so-called nationalist-populist movement.
That’s not what we’re about as Americans. Yes, it’s seductive, because it’s black and white, it’s up and down, it’s very easy to understand. It takes the complicated and makes it stupid. Not simple, stupid. The fact that things are complicated is exactly why you decentralize. Exactly.
We don’t need lectures from politicians telling us how to live. We don’t need lectures from billionaires and millionaires telling us how to live.
We want our country back. We want our Constitution back. We want our economy back. And that doesn’t mean surrendering more power to politicians and bureaucrats, less power.”
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