The internet exploded into a veritable excrement storm when Senator Dick Durbin accused President Trump of referring to some countries as shitholes. It is still not clear if President Trump actually uttered that phrase, but the storm that ensued was rather intense, with members of the liberal media and liberals on social media immediately decrying those remarks as racist. That phrase is not racist, however it is politically incorrect. A great many confuse the two, which is actually harmful, because overuse and distortion of the meaning of the term has greatly lessened the impact of justified accusations of true racism.
It is a well established fact that some nations are extremely poor and the people living in those countries suffer greatly. Referring to them as shitholes may not be the most elegant or polite phrase, but it is accurate. Poor nations are spread across the globe and are not limited to nations of just one race. In fact nations of all races are included in the list of the poorest nations in the world.
The one unifying factor the links just about all of the poorest nations is that they now suffer from, or have suffered from, bad governments. These bad governments can take on many forms but they all steal the wealth from the individuals living in those countries and mismanage the resources.
Countries with communist and socialist governments almost universally produce dreadful living conditions and very poor people. Here is what one of my favorite authors, Thomas Sowell, has to say on the subject “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” Venezuela is perfect example of what happens to a country when it transforms into a socialist nation, and so is Somalia.
If a country experiences frequent political upheaval it will become poor. That is what happened in Haiti, and so many other countries. Most often this upheaval will result in autocratic dictatorships, which micromanage the economies, and also leads to rampant corruption. Concentrating political power always results in countries with poverty and corruption. Governments always try to concentrate power in the hands of the few. Distributing power throughout the people of a nation is the only cure for this.
Economies of nations are far too complex for one individual or a group of individuals to manage properly. Any attempt to manage an economy will begin a downward spiral into poverty. Letting a perfectly free market economy manage itself is the only way to guarantee long term prosperity for a nation. Even nations with very limited natural resources will prosper with a free market economy. Hong Kong is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
Introducing any type of socialism into a free market economy will result in a downward spiral toward poverty. Building a welfare state forces the increase of taxes, which will curtail business activity, which will then increase the need for more welfare, which will then result in the need for higher taxes. That is the route Scandinavian countries are on now and the route Greece has traveled for a longer period. The Scandinavian nations have not traveled this route long enough to produce disastrous results, but it will. The United States has been traveling this route since the New Deal, and accelerated on this path with President Johnson’s Great Society. The negative impacts of the United States transiting into a welfare state have been well documented but ignored by so many. Free market economies produce the most universal prosperity. Some are always left behind by any economic system, while the numbers are much lower for a free market economy. Private charity has proved to be successful in taking care of those left behind and the widespread adoption by the people of a religion such as Christianity, of which charity is a major component of, is also most beneficial.
Governments interfering with the free market through regulations will always create a downward spiral into poverty for a nation. Once regulations are introduced, the free market will begin to falter. The almost universal response to this phenomenon is to introduce more regulations, which will result in more negative consequences.
The authors of the US Constitution produced the perfect recipe for a successful nation. Unfortunately we have abandoned this recipe and have suffered increasingly negative consequences ever since. Their recipe had four key ingredients.
The first ingredient was to distribute all political power throughout the entire population. They created a government of the people who elected political servants. The political power was distributed through five distinct levels with each level up having less power and authority. The first was the individual, who had ultimate control over all levels of the government. The next level up, local governments, had the most political power and authority. This level was granted the most power because the people could exercise the most control over it. County governments coordinated local governments while State governments coordinated county governments. The federal government was granted a very limited number of clearly defined, or enumerated, powers. The federal government was only granted the power to keep the States from squabbling with each other and to negotiate with other countries as one nation.
A firm belief in individual rights, the second ingredient, is an essential component to the peace and security of the people in any nation. Protections of individual rights and private property are the most important building blocks of the US Constitution. The Bill Of Rights was added because it was believed that the Constitution did not go far enough.
Thirdly, the US Constitution prevented the federal government from interfering with the free market economy, which resulted in a prosperous nation, The Commerce Clause only granted the federal government the power to regulate the large scale movement of goods between the States, not the economic activity inside of the States.
Lastly, tt was believed by the authors of the Constitution, and those that ratified it, that a widespread adoption of various Christian sects by the people was essential to maintaining a free and stable nation. They created a government that left the people free to regulate their own affairs. They believed Christianity was a perfect method for the people to regulate their own behavior. They also believed Christian charity was the perfect way to help those in need. Any belief system will work as long as it has an emphasis on individual rights and self control of one’s behavior.
Alexis de Tocqueville documented the prosperity and tranquility of the United States, and examined in great detail the root cause, which was the system of government created by the Constitution, when he wrote Democracy in America.