That’s just one example of what makes Medved’s book so valuable. He’s done the research to back up his conclusions -- and packaged them in a highly readable book that makes it so much easier for you, as someone who’s actually grateful for both personal freedom and free markets, to fight back.
Another popular distortion is “Big Lie #5,” which reads: “The power of Big Business hurts the country and oppresses the people.” Maybe that’s believable if, Medved says, you don’t realize that our founding fathers were more concerned about the dangers from big government, not big business. Distinctions between the “haves” and the “have-nots” don’t help, and frequently hurt public debates. The fact is, we largely rise and fall as one. As Michael notes:
“The idea that laborers or customers somehow benefit if a corporation feels squeezed or faces shrinking profits remains one of the profoundly illogical legacies of discredited Marxism. If governmental regulators crack down on a given company, they most often harm, rather than help, the interests of its workers (and shareholders, obviously). In the free-market system, the boss, Peter, can’t benefit in the long term at the expense of his employee Paul. They either prosper together or fail together.”
Yet still we hear calls from politicians for increased regulation, which is touted as the only safeguard between poor workers and their greedy, “robber baron” bosses. (Maybe because that would shift more power to the politicians?) Medved shows how absurd it is to put your faith in government rather than the market.
The 10 Big Lies About America shows why the solution to our economic downturn is not aggressive government programs. A quick look at history demonstrates in no uncertain terms that more government programs only exacerbate economic problems. They actually constrict the freedom that people come to America to find. Applying the same oppressive ideas and policies that poor countries use to strengthen the American economy is asking for failure. And believing that adopting policies which have failed in one country will work is, frankly, insane.
The very reason America has succeeded is that it grew into a nation that rejected the economically strangling trap of socialism -- the very formula that certain liberal politicians now tell us will save us.
Alarmingly, they think of government as if it were a parent. As President Clinton once stated, “We must provide for our nation the way a family provides for its children.” This has never been an appropriate role of American government, and it carries no meaning in the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.
Difficult economic times do not call for new, bigger government programs, but for preserving the power of the people. Appropriately. Medved starts the book with something Ronald Reagan said in his January 1989 farewell address:
“We’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important …If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.”
The American spirit is still alive and well, but it won’t survive unless all of us are willing to fight for it. Thanks to Michael Medved and his terrific new book, The 10 Big Lies About America, you have the ammunition you need to do just that.