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Isolationism: The Ism for Me

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In America, we practice capitalism, the economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated for profit.  Other countries follow socialism. Under this system (I understand this is a gross oversimplification), all members of a society share in the work, products, and earnings.

 

One difference between our nation and others is our Constitution drafted by our forefathers, guaranteeing our citizens unalienable rights.  Chief among these is, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  In a capitalist society, this may be interpreted to mean that there are no limits to what one may achieve, within the boundaries of the law.

 

Under capitalism, America became the world’s most prosperous country; yet, with socialist tendencies.  For example, after America emerged victorious from World War II, the U.S. did not seize lands or wealth from the defeated nations of Europe.  Instead, it rebuilt Europe, “sharing the wealth” so that The Continent could become a viable member of the global community.  Sixty-four years after World War II ended, America finds herself on a changing course.  The new administration has browbeaten us with promises of “Change. “  By aiming to redistribute wealth to all, including the indigent and illegal aliens, America is becoming more socialist with each Presidential edict.

 

When the dust settles, will American stand on the side of capitalism or socialism?   If this question makes your head spin, may I offer an alternative?   I suggest that we adopt isolationism, a system that trucks not in foreign affairs.

 

Under isolationism, we can lose the United Nations, now camped cozily in The Big Apple and enjoying splendid perks at the expense of our taxpayers.   The money saved in booting the U.N. can begin to furnish hard-working Americans with a national healthcare plan (another bow to socialism).  As isolationists, we would stop sending money to foreign nations in order to secure their friendship.   We would cease pulling foreign chestnuts out of fires and allow other countries to solve their own problems (my, what a refreshing change).   By closing our borders and circling our wagons, we would halt outsourcing of manufacturing and restore this industry to its former, U.S. glory.   Thus, we would create jobs and make a major dent in the unemployment rate.  

 

With its abundance of natural resources and advanced technology, our nation can afford to be aloof, especially at this juncture in history.  We have always been a nation of consumers seeking the best for our families and ourselves.  An isolationist government would enable us to return to capitalism while still providing socialist programs for our people.  With the best of both worlds, how can we go wrong?

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