Our most lasting historical lesson should be our own Civil War, the American casualties of which still outnumber all the casualties of subsequent wars.
The polarizing issues which are dividing us originated 35 years ago, when the New Deal was set aside in favor of Reaganomics, with its 1986 amnesty for illegal immigrants.
While many consider former President Trump’s personality a poor fit for U.S. president, he was the only president to have given us the choice to start remediating this supply-side trade and economic policy. He was largely pursued in the news and media because he was a threat to this selectively beneficial scheme that shortchanges the rest of the country. Remaining himself throughout, he never gained the support or popularity to perpetuate the purportedly adverse dramatizations made by his detractors.
There was someone else who did satisfy our desire for Oval Office TV bravado and entertainment, and who did get the support and popularity necessary to make the kind of unconstitutional changes insinuated against Mr. Trump: Ronald Reagan. This president and his protege, Congressman Jack Kemp, conspired and spearheaded the institutionalized trade and economic plan that divides our country, destroys almost all of our manufacturing, transfers most of our technology, wealth,and power to adversarial countries (making us dependent on them) and creates a chronic national debt that threatens the value of our currency.
Is it within the purview of our government to make trade deals benefiting foreign countries against the interests of American citizens and our republic? Do we supply the cheap natural resources Japan does not possess, enabling them to undercut our manufacturers? What is the rationale for our corresponding Bernie-Madoff-style national revenue policy?
We must learn from past mistakes and form a consensus for our government to promote the common good as the Constitution prescribes in order to restore our bountiful legacy. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are empty promises without the opportunity to thrive.
LOUIS L. BOEHM
Orchard Park, N.Y.
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