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WHY AMERICA SUCCEEDS

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 30, 2014

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The answer should be rather obvious.

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These are indeed strange times. We now question not only America’s future, but its very existence. This is not the first time we have questioned our ability to carry on. The 1860’s, 1930’s and 1960’s were strange times in our country’s history, but somehow we held on and succeeded in spite of overwhelming odds against us.

I have had the pleasure and privilege of being able to see quite a bit of the world, and there are many countries with admirable strengths, but there are weaknesses in them as well. Although other countries are quick to criticize our actions and policies, make no mistake, America is the country everyone wants to work with, and the place where everyone wants to come to. In spite of all of our problems, America continues to somehow persevere. One cannot help but ask, “Why?”

As the world’s melting pot, we are a culturally diversified society with a heterogeneous set of opinions and perspectives. Our customs, beliefs, and values are derived not just from the “old world” but from geographical idiosyncrasies as well; e.g., New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, the South, the Midwest, the Southwest, and the Northwest, each with their own indelible peculiarities which influences the behavior and opinion of the citizens. Getting the people of the United States to conform to a standard set of values, rules, and laws is not only incredibly difficult, it is nothing less than a miracle that we have lasted this long.

So why does America succeed? Two reasons:

First, Freedom – We were very fortunate to have a set of founding fathers with the foresight to develop an innovative Constitution and Bill of Rights which defines the checks and balances of government and establishes the unalienable rights we all enjoy as citizens. It is simply brilliant. Freedom allows us to express our creativity and imagination, encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, and promotes a free-enterprise system that stimulates the growth of the middle class representing the economic engine of our country (and the world). Without this engine, America would be no different than any other third world country.

We have been fortunate to have had many people defend these rights over the years, both in and out of uniform, but perhaps no more than Abraham Lincoln who seemed to grasp the significance of what our forefathers were trying to do and, thankfully, preserved it for succeeding generations. I very much doubt we have anyone in our government today with the wisdom and vision needed to devise as sophisticated a document as the framers of the Constitution did over 200 years ago.

Second, the People – who thrive under an environment of freedom. America is not just one people, it is several types of people operating under one umbrella. Both our strength and weakness lies in our cultural diversity. It brings many different perspectives, insights, and new ideas to the table, thus encouraging opportunity, competitiveness and invention on a global scale. It is because of this cultural mix that we only come together as a result of disaster; the rest of the time is spent arguing, finger pointing, and political wrangling. This is why Americans are typically better reactors as opposed to planners. If America has an Achilles’ Heel, it is that we tend to wait for disaster before we act; e.g., The Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, and 911.

America succeeds not because of our government, but in spite of it. Without the blueprint of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, our government would be more invasive in our lives than it already is.

So, why do we succeed? Actually, I think it’s more than just dumb luck, but rather because the time was right to create a country like the United States, the need was real, and we were fortunate to have good and learned people who put it all together. As long as we believe in our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and do not deviate from them, and believe in ourselves, “We the people…” of America will succeed.

Originally Published: 07/21/2009

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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3 Responses to “WHY AMERICA SUCCEEDS”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic writes…

    “Good article, Tim. Was going to write concerning your last piece. You are exactly right as to why America succeeds, but unless the conservative constitutionalists take back this country in the next 2 elections, the why just might be gone.

    You wrote in your last article: “A lot has happened during this period, the most noticeable of which is a slow, yet apparent, dismantling of the United States.” This is such a true statement as we have never had a President so determined to dismantle the constitution.

    You end this article stating: “As long as we believe in our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and do not deviate from them, and believe in ourselves, “We the people…” of America will succeed.” So the problem is, if we don’t succeed in the next elections, the belief in these wonderful documents will probably completely disappear.

    I believe the President does not care one iota about the constitution, the country, the military, the economy, or the hard working people. I believe his agenda (which is why he was backed by the billionaire socialist, Marxists) is to destroy and dismantle. Never in our history has a President taken this country so far away from what made this country great. And now we have college graduates that don’t even know who the 1st President of the United Sates is. Know very little, if any, about the 1st and 2nd World War, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc. etc. They are being dumbed down by ideologue professors, and any truths they did know are being rebuffed and dismantled by these professors. These millenniums don’t know and don’t care. They are being taught that Capitalism is bad and socialism is good. Here is just one recent $5,000,000 Grant by our illustrious government while our Vets. are ignored:
    http://freebeacon.com/issues/feds-paid-4-9-million-to-create-hypothetical-utopian-climate-change-future/

    This is not foolishness, it’s real and the country better wake up in these next elections or this grant just might become a prophecy.”

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  3. Tim, a wonderful piece! I especially appreciate the comment about Americans being better “reactors” than “planners,” and, I would add, “better starters than finishers (involvement in two World Wars being notable exceptions) too.” Both, I believe, arise from our inveterate optimism: ‘no problem too large and never too late a start toward a solution’ and, in the end, ‘Okay, see where that’s headed? Take it from there!’

    America succeeds, on the whole, due to a steady supply of small failures.

    Whether one looks at the political/legal/civil liberties side of the equation or at the economic, it is the ability of Americans to try, fail and try again that accounts for much of the steady progress. Neither fear of failure nor fear of punishment for failure traditionally limit Americans’ vision. The former might be the lot of people in a system with limits set upon personal progress: a single, rare lifetime chance squandered, never to appear again. The latter, which might be the reality in a society in which opportunities are dealt out from an authority on high, are not a consideration when one is free to create one’s own opportunities.

    The most sad reality of socialism may be the depressing limits placed upon the human spirit: where not only the actual attainment of success may be curtailed but, even more devastatingly, the ability to dream the dream. The possibility of failure may only be eliminated, in the final analysis, by eliminating, to an equal degree, the possibility of success.

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