Even in its third century, America is still the most meritocratic nation in the world. Unlike the caste system of India; the class considerations of Europe; the racial homogeneity of China, Japan or Korea; the tribalism of Africa; or the religious orthodoxy of the Middle East, America is still a place where one can offer a new idea, invention or protocol that is judged on its merits, rather than on the background, accent, race, age, gender or religion of the person who offers it.
If you want to feel good about America’s exceptionalism, read this excellent article by Victor Davis Hanson. He is spot on, as usual. The first example of American exceptionalism that Hanson talks about is the recent development of fracking and horizontal controlled drilling to access oil shale and gas shale deposits. This technological development is a game changer for the United States and will eventually be game changer for the world. As Hanson points out, it was not developed by Saudi Arabia or Venezuela or Nigeria or any other of the oil cartel nations. It was the result of American ingenuity and, yes, Mr. President, they did do that!
As a result of this new technology (Fracking is old. It’s the controlled horizontal drilling technique that is new.) America’s oil and gas production has increased in leaps and bounds and all on private property. which you, Mr. President, had nothing to do with! US natural gas prices are the lowest in the world, which, in turn, is bring down the cost of electricity in America. This is in spite of our President’s best efforts to force the price of electricity up.
This CNBC article reports that a number of European companies are planning to escape from their high cost windmill generated electricity and invest in America where the electricity costs are much lower. That means American jobs! That means more tax revenues for Uncle Sam, which would help to reduce our deficits. But what does your President want for America? Get over to Bunkerville and read Energy nominee Moniz ‘We need carbon tax to triple the cost’, That’s right. Your President wants t push US price for electricity up to the same level of Europe.
Victor Davis Hanson at the end of his article had this to say:
The end of American exceptionalism will come not when we run out of gas, wheat or computers, but when we end the freedom of the individual, and, whether for evil or supposedly noble reasons, judge people not on their achievement but on their name, class, race, sex or religion — in other words, when we become like most places the world over.
If Americans don’t wake up soon, the elitist who are in charge of the Leviathan will overwhelm America’s exceptionalism, and America will be just like any other place in the world.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?