American Exceptionalism

I try to catch an episode of Rush Limbaugh as often as possible.

Today, he made some usual statements about what sort of Presidential candidate would win a “landslide” victory in this country.  I was half asleep, and this happened about 20 minutes ago, so, this paraphrase will not be word for word. 

“What ever happened to American Exceptionalism?  Not one of these current candidates is preaching a message of hope.  They have all bought into the doom and gloom message of the left.  I’ll tell you, that if a candidate preached  a message about how great America could be if we only stuck to the principals of freedom that made us great, he would win a landslide victory!”

This struck me as kind of funny, since Ron Paul wrote an article in defense of capitalism.  You can read the article here:

Ron Paul argues in the article, that the principals of Capitalism that made this nation great, are not failing us!  He details some common “liberal doom and gloom” statements:

It is now commonplace and politically correct to blame what is referred to as the excesses of capitalism for the economic problems we face,

Then goes on to refute this idea, by showing that what we have now is not true Capitalism, but a form of Keynesian garbage.  Even Nixon (Paul says) admitted this:

Nixon was right – once – when he declared “We’re all Keynesians now.”

Paul goes on to describe how the general consensus in Washington has drifted away from free market Capitalism, to Keynesian economic philosophy, concluding that:

Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism


To condemn free-market capitalism because of anything going on today makes no sense. There is no evidence that capitalism exists today. We are deeply involved in an interventionist-planned economy that allows major benefits to accrue to the politically connected of both political spectrums. One may condemn the fraud and the current system, but it must be called by its proper names – Keynesian inflationism, interventionism, and corporatism.

So, contrary to what Rush Limbaugh say’s, there is at least one presidential candidate preaching true Americanism still.  I doubt he’ll win by a landslide though.

Sorry Rush!

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