BlaineStorm: The Return Of The "M" Word
Hi, I’m Blaine Winship, author of the book Moralnomics: The Moral Path to Prosperity. The liberals—or socialists or progressives, take your pick—believe that they occupy the moral high ground over the rest of us. That’s what the news media think, too. And that’s what our children are being taught to think.
Do you believe it? Do you think that the liberals are morally superior? Do you agree with them that ever-growing government, ever-broader oceans of regulations, and ever-larger wealth redistribution programs are good for America? That doubling our national debt every few years to pay for it all is good for America? That having an economy on life support, with middle-class income dropping, is good for America? That having open borders to let in masses of people we know nothing about is good for America? That having public schools that are failing to prepare our children to be productive citizens is good for America? That the increase in racial hostilities we’ve seen under President Obama is good for America? That paring back our military strength and readiness is good for America?
If your answer is no times seven, then you’re right. But can you say why you’re right? Can you say why the liberals’ plans and schemes are bad for us?
If you’re not ready to defend your ideas in moral terms, you’re in good company. The vast majority of Americans are unprepared to join issue with the liberals when it comes to moral matters.
Let’s face it. Typically we don’t think about morality, or talk about it, much less argue about it. And that’s how the liberals like it. Our avoidance of moral issues works in their favor. Yet the future of our nation will be determined by the moral values that it embraces. And that means the liberals will win … unless we stand up to them.
That’s why I wrote my book. And that’s why I’ve dared to bring back the “M” word. Everything dear to us is at stake ... right now.
The liberals’ immoral ideas are threatening our liberty, our living standards, and our prospects for happiness. Look at what’s happening to our economy:
for the first time anyone can remember, more small businesses are shutting down than starting up;
the employment participation rate is stuck at its worst level in forty years;
our housing market remains stagnant, with many homeowners still “underwater” on their mortgages; and
middle-class income keeps falling, as it has for the past several years.
Add to all of this misery:
that our students’ educational outcome levels are dropping, despite our massive school spending;
that race relations are worsening, to the point at which white police officers, for fear of being labelled bigots, are reluctant to use force to save black communities from the scourge of criminals in their midst; and
that our immigration process is in chaos, as we’re subjected to a flood of illegally-present aliens whose core moral values are unknown, leaving us vulnerable to invasion by those who have come for handouts instead of jobs, and even more vulnerable to those who have come to harm us, including murderers, robbers, and rapists—and most dangerous of all, jihadist terrorists.
All of these problems turn on moral values, and so do their solutions. That’s because they concern who we should be as persons, how we should interact with one another, how our children should be raised, and the role that government should play in our lives.
So, let’s start talking about morality. But first, I want to set the record straight about what the morality of Moralnomics does not represent. It isn’t some grim, fire-and-brimstone standard that judges us harshly for our every imperfection. The morality of Moralnomics is not about being perfect. It’s about trying to be better persons. When it comes to morality, there is no hypocrisy in trying, failing, and trying again, while urging others to try and to keep on trying. It’s our growth potential and our efforts to realize that potential that matter, not our imperfections.
Nor does Moralnomics embrace the idea of human perfectability embraced by the liberals—a false perfection which they believe can be brought about through government control of us. Time and again, history has shown that government coercion drags everyone down—in the false name of “fairness”—to the lowest common denominator of living standards, except for the chosen few who rule, or who have inside connections to government power: they alone get to be rich.
History’s top-downers have never delivered widespread prosperity to their people—that is, prosperity that gives rise to a predominant, well-to-do middle class. The Marxists, who have proven to be the most harmful big government top-dowers of all, never foresaw the rise of the great American middle class, because government didn’t bring it about. We did. When we speak of the American Dream, we may think that it’s the dream of becoming a billionaire, but that’s not true. Russia and China have billionaires, but they don’t have our middle class, and they don’t have our opportunities.
The American Dream in reality has always been about rising up, through personal effort, to join our affluent middle class. For many years now, that dream has been open to everyone here. But that, too, is changing, thanks to the liberals, as we shift from a bottom-up government that empowers us to grow as individuals, to a top-down government that controls us.
Moralnomics stands for the very opposite of coercive top-down rule. It’s about education, persuasion, and freedom of opportunity. And it’s about limited government that is of, by, and for the people—rather than government that is over and above the people. Moralnomics’s benefits are there for all of us to embrace, in the exercise of our own free will—no matter our religion, race, gender, ethnic background, education, or socioeconomic position.
There’s so much more to say about the good of Moralnomics and the evil of the top-down liberal agenda—far more than any video could hope to convey. Moralnomics is a journey and a destination. It’s the adventure of us—our nature as individual and social beings, our history, our relationships, and our quest to make a better tomorrow.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey by reading Moralnomics: The Moral Path to Prosperity. And I hope you’ll come back to this website, where you’ll find blogs and videos that view the issues of the day through Moralnomics lenses.