America’s decline hurts the free world
by Brian Lilley
I’m here at CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — in Washington, DC, this week. It’s the largest gathering of American conservatives you can find.
This is a crowd that believes in America, that sees America in a very different way than the current administration does. It’s an optimistic crowd that sees change just around the corner in the mid-terms this November and in the race for the White House in 2016.
But here’s the thing: Despite the optimism, the fact is America is a nation in decline and I wonder whether it can come back.
This isn’t a feeling, it’s a fact — actually several facts, one piled up on top of the other.
America has been known for centuries as a place of freedom where people from around the world can come and make their fortune. As Frank Sinatra sang, “I f I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.”
But is that still the reality?
I’m not so sure.
A report from the Heritage Foundation done in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal has been tracking economic freedom for the last 20 years, and for the last seven America has been falling.
Canada ranks number six on the ranking for economic freedom. America isn’t even in the top 10 anymore; it’s not even considered an economically free country anymore, Heritage ranks America as mostly free.
In real terms, fewer Americans work in manufacturing now than in 1941 before the US entered the war.
A study by Thompson Reuters says China could become the global leader in patent filings by next year. Remember when it used to be said, well they might make stuff, they might copy stuff in Japan or China, but the research is done here. Not anymore.
An analysis by Forbes found Obama’s economy is worse than the economy under George W. Bush.
Things are not good in America and now a McClatchy poll found 80% of Americans don’t think the American dream is achievable anymore.
On other fronts America is falling.
In press freedom the US is now ranked 46th. Last year the group Reporters Without Borders ranked the US at 32, not good, but now they’re 46th.
This is not good for America and it isn’t good for us.
There are plenty of people in Canada and around the world who want to see a failing America. I don’t get that.
If you are a homeowner, do you want the house next door to be run down? Do you want your neighbour to be unemployed, the lawn never cut, a rusty car parked out front and the paint peeling off the house?
I don’t want that for the house next door to me and I don’t want that for the United States of America.
If America is hurting, then we will hurt.
Most of the goods Canada exports need a strong America.
That’s why the ideas being discussed here at CPAC matter to you as Canadians.
We need America back at work, we need America’s economy to be running on all cylinders.
That means more people like the ones we were hearing from at CPAC need to be elected, people who know that growth of government means the shrinking or often the strangulation of the private sector.
We need more people in office like Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
We need the energy and activism of the Tea Party that energized voters and elected small-government Republicans in 2010 to show up again and sweep the mid-terms in November.