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Year upon year upon year of middling poor national economic data is revealing proof of weak national leadership.
The poverty rate in America stands essentially unchanged from its level on this day 50 years ago. If nothing else, the War of Poverty has proved the words of the scripture in which Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.”
I believe in the sovereignty of the individual. Therefore I believe in personal responsibility. I believe in the duty of self help and in the freedom that flows from self-reliance.
Recently, in an apostolic statement Pope Francis said, in effect, that capitalism is OK with him on the condition that we feed the poor. I say, with all deference to the Holy Father, that we can feed the poor only on the condition that we have capitalism.
America's post-war wealth is now gone and in its place stands a mountain of debt that our kids will shoulder all the way to their graves.
The United States did not seek the role of defender of world peace. We were doomed to it by the events of the mid 20th century.