How Do We Make America Strong Again? Here Is One Way

You want to make America strong again? The only way to do so is to start telling the truth and insisting on the truth.

“Making America Strong Again” is a potent political narrative. But what does “being strong” mean? For some, it’s a code-phrase for bullying–forcing other nations to do our bidding.

For others, it describes a re-emergence of widespread domestic economic vitality.

Another audience sees the rebuilding of a social contract and social cohesion as the essence of strength.

As laudable as some of these interpretations of strength might be, to me “being strong” boils down to one principle, and only one principle: tell the truth, however painful and unwelcome as it might be. The essence of weakness is the cowardice of avoiding the truth. We as a nation have grown accustomed to the cowardice of half-truths, half-confessions, half-apologies and a financial system that rewards fraud in all its variations of artifice, deception and lies.

What’s presented as “fact” is actually a spectrum of manipulation and lies. Does anyone with a basic grasp of the economy really believe unemployment is 5% or less? Does anyone seeking the truth believe that a person working one hour a week is equivalent to someone working 40 hours a week? Isn’t counting both of these positions as equally statistically important jobs a form of not telling the truth?

If you hold great wealth and power, and the source of your wealth and power is illegitimate, you must dissemble, fabricate, propagandize and lie to hide the illegitimacy of your power. That is the status quo of the U.S. in a nutshell. Those who earned wealth and gained power legitimately have no fear of the truth. Those whose wealth and power is illegitimate fear the truth more than anything else.

The Power Elite of the nation has purposefully co-joined “America” and “Empire,” as if the two cannot be separated. They have successfully conned much of the public into a strained belief that the U.S. isn’t an Imperial Project, that we’re just looking out for our “interests,” which just happen to extend into every nook and cranny of the entire planet.

The Power Elite has also purposefully confused bullying with strength. Bullying fails because the bullied hate the bully with every fiber of their being. True strength flows from opt-in, mutually beneficial alliances that people and nations join out of self-interest. Such opt-in relationships can only endure if telling the truth is the core principle, for truth is the foundation of trust, and trust is the foundation of durable alliances and cooperative networks.

The Power Elite of the nation has pushed the narrative that its own rising power reflects the rising power of the nation. Nothing could be further from the truth. The increasing concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few at the expense of the many is the source of America’s weakness, vulnerability and fragmentation.

Take a look at this chart. While GDP per person (per capita) has been rising, household income has been declining. What does that tell us about the economic growth we keep hearing about? That it’s flowing to the top and being drained from the bottom 80%.

Telling the truth, and insisting on the truth, requires courage, a moral foundation and strength. Telling lies, accepting half-truths and living with fraud as a way of life is easy because it requires no courage, moral foundation or strength.

You want to make America strong again? The only way to do so is to start telling the truth and insisting on the truth. Accepting statistical lies, propaganda and fraud as “truth” because it’s easy and doesn’t challenge our assumptions is a one-way road to ruin.

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  • JohnDille

    WHICH SOCIALISTIC PRACTICES SHOULD WE ELIMINATE??? DEMOCRACY… WHICH IS INHERENTLY SOCIALIST??? THE WHOLE IDEA OF A UNITED STATES OF AMERICA… WHICH IS A TOTALLY SOCIALIST CONCEPT??? SHOULD WE ELIMINATE PUBLIC EDUCATION… WHICH IS TOTALLY SOCIALIST?? SHOULD WE ELIMINATE THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, WHICH IS A SOCIALIST SYSTEM?? SHOULD WE STOP BUILDING PUBLIC HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES, BECAUSE THEY ARE SOCIALIST??? SHOULD WE ELIMINATE THE POST OFFICE, AND SHOULD WE SCRAP ALL THE PUBLIC WATER AN SEWER SYSTEMS AND TRASH COLLECTION… NEARLY ALL OF WHICH ARE SOCIALIST??? SHOULD WE GET RID OF THEPOLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE SOCIALIST!!! SHOULD WE OUTLAW CORPORATIONS, BECAUSE THEY ARE SOCIALISTIC??? SHOULD WE ELIMINATE THE SYSTEM OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS THAT PROTECT NEARLY ALL OF US FROM THE CRIMINALS AND PREDATORS THAT EXIST IN EVERY SOCIETY THAT HAS EVER EXISTED???? COME ON, IDIOT RIGHT WINGERS… TELL US WHICH SOCIALIST CONCEPTS WE SHOULD ELIMINATE…. BECAUSE EVERY SOCIALIST SYSTEM WE GET RID OF… WOULD MAKE THE UNITED STATES LESS PROSPEROUS AND SAFE AND DESIRABLE AS A PLACE TO LIVE!!! FREAKING IDIOT RIGHT WINGERS… CONSTANTLY WHINING ABOUT SOCIALISM… WHICH THEY HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE WHAT THAT EVEN IS!!!

  • johnny

    SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENT POLICIES (LAWS) ARE KILLING THE REPUBLIC. CORPORATIONS NEED SOCIALISM, NOT TO JUST TARGET MARKETING, BUT PSYCHOLOGICALLY CONTROL CITIZEN/CONSUMERS. VERY FEW LAWS ARE NEEDED IN A REPUBLIC SINCE CITIZENS ARE THE KINGS OVER THEIR OWN DOMAIN. POLICE ENFORCING POLICIES ATTACKING THESE KINGS CITIZENS IS AN OUTRIGHT ATTACK ON THE REPUBLIC, HAVE A RIGHT AND OBLIGATION TO FIGHT THE SOCIALIST POLICE. JESUS SAID, “AS LONG AS IT DEPENDS ON YOU, BE PEACEABLE WITH ALL MEN.” THE SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT (REP./DEM.) HAS CREATED DOMESTIC TERRORISM, AS AN ATTACK ON THE CITIZENS.

  • JohnDille

    SO YOU HAVE FINALLY RECOGNIZED WHAT IS SO OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE ELSE…. YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THE TRUTH IS… AND WOULD REJECT IT IF YOU DID COME FACE TO FACE WITH IT… BECAUSE YOU RIGHT WINGERS ARE TERRIFIED OF THE TRUTH! YOU REALLY CANNOT HANDLE THE TRUTH… WHICH IS WHY YOU LIE AND DISTORT AND TWIST THE TRUTH, EVERY CHANCE YOU GET!!! HEY… EVERYONE ELSE KNOW THAT RIGHT WINGERS DO THAT… WHY CAN’T YOU RIGHT WINGERS RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE THAT PROBLEM???

  • Rich Shack

    You can’t handle the truth…or recognize it. Hint: it’s not hiding behind the caps lock key.

  • JohnDille

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!! SOMEONE TELLS YOU THE TRUTH… AND YOU TOTALLY DISMISS IT!!! NO WONDER YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!

  • As expected,in one ear and out the other, non stop!

  • JohnDille

    NO… JUST ALL THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DINO’S!!! AND PROBABLY A SMALL HANDFUL OF IMPORTANT DEMOCRATS, TO BOOT!!! THOSE FOLKS ARE JUST REPUBLICANS IN DEMOCRATIC CLOTHING!!!

  • JohnDille

    AMERICA IS A SOCIALIST NATION.. NOT A COMMUNIST NATION! IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR YOU TO GO BACK TO THE THIRD GRADE… GET EDUCATED THIS TIME AROUND… SO YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE!!! AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT, YOU MIGHT EVEN DISCOVER HOW IT IS THT THE USA HAS ALWAYS DONE BEST UNDER SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS!!! YOU MIGHT ALSO DISCOVER THAT RIGHT WING REPULBICANS HAD DEEP ROOTS IN FASCIST ITALY, NASTI GERMANY AND STALINIST RUSSIA!!! THE KOCK BROTHERS, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE THE DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF A MAN WHO HELPED STALIN AND HITLER, ENORMOUSLY!!! AND THE FAR RIGHT… OW HICH YOU ARE CLEARLY A MEMBER… HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTERS OF DICTATORSHIPS AND TYRANNY AND SOCIAL REPRESSION AND FLAT OUT RACISM!!! I SEE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE ANY DIFFERENT THAN THOSE AMERICA HATERS!!!

  • Spoken like a true brain dead socialist, or should I say Communist. Democrats, and especially Obama and Clinton, would be in jail if the TRUTH really came out! Socialists (Democrats) have proven themselves as being totally incapable of learning from history – the history of Socialism/Communism documented (Black Book of Communism) to have murdered over 100,000,000 people who resisted the ideology, all trying to make the failed ideology work, with an unblemished record of total, utter failure without exception.

  • Rick

    That means, you have to get rid of every democrat and rino.

  • JohnDille

    to me “being strong” boils down to one principle, and only one principle: tell the truth, however painful and unwelcome as it might be. The essence of weakness is the cowardice of avoiding the truth. We as a nation have grown accustomed to the cowardice of half-truths, half-confessions, half-apologies and a financial system that rewards fraud in all its variations of artifice, deception and lies. EXACTLY… BUT TELLING THE TRUTH… AND INSISTING THAT EVERYONE TELL THE TRUTH… WOULD DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY COMPLETELY!!! THOSE CRIMINALS ARE SO ADDICTED TO LIES THAT MOST REPUBLICANS WOULD GO INSANE IF THEY WERE EXPOSED TO ACTUAL TRUTH!!! NO WONDER SO MANY REPUBLICANS ARE SO FAT… THEY HAVE GOTTEN TOTALLY ADDICTED TO A STEADY DIET OF RIGHT WING BALONEY AND STEER MANURE! YUM!!!