American Consequences - August 2020

MERITOCRACY AT RISK As a result of this politically motivated environment and increasingly broken

alarming, I believe, are the politicians who don’t entirely want us to rebuild. Because if we do, it weakens their political hand. The key to the success of America has always been, and always will be, our economy. We cannot allow it to be taken from us. We are entrepreneurs, we are workers, we are creative thinkers. Let’s use our entrepreneurial spirit, our work ethic, and our creativity to rebuild the greatest economy in the world. Politics be damned. We’re a resilient society. We’re a creative society. We can manage this. So why won’t Washington let us? Because many leaders don’t trust us as individuals. As we watch riots in the streets of Portland and a massive breakdown between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, our fragility is exposed. We are currently on a path to ending up like Venezuela in two decades’ time. ‘FREEDOM CAN BE FLEETING’ But even in the nightmare that is Venezuela, there is hope. Unlike their progressive counterparts in the U.S., who have been indoctrinated into group-think by too many overly political

government, too many lawmakers seem intent on stalling growth... all under the difficult-to- argue-with rationale that if you go to work, you might die. It may be dramatic… But there is some truth to it, which is what makes this entire issue so terrifying. There are definitely at-risk groups – particularly the elderly and those with preexisting conditions that are, indeed, at risk. So here’s an idea: Why not help those who are older or with preexisting conditions who need it, while encouraging the rest of our society not in high-risk categories to find a way back to work? We’re a resilient society. We’re a creative society. We can manage this. So why won’t Washington let us? Because many leaders don’t trust us as individuals. Consider the recent issue with masks. Last month, Joe Biden told a reporter in Pittsburgh that he would agree to an executive order to mandate everyone wear masks nationwide. But shouldn’t this issue be left up to individual communities who can better assess their risk level than the federal government? I doubt that someone out for a hike in Montana has the same exposure risk as a New York City subway rider. There are politicians who don’t believe individual communities can and will figure this out and rebuild on their own. More

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