Saving the Nation’s Soul While the Economy Goes to Hell


President Joe Biden went on a hyper-partisan and demagogic rampage Thursday night, standing in front of a strangely red-lit Hall of Independence in Philadelphia, with US Marines at attention exploited as political props.

The speech, which attacks Donald Trump and the “MAGA Republicans” as a threat to the “very foundations of our republic,” was advertised in advance by the White House as a sober reflection on the soul of America. But the soul of the country throughout the history of the United States has had everything to do with private industry, and this speech sought to distract from the gloomy economic conditions during Biden’s tenure and that of his party’s narrow majorities. in both houses of Congress.

Alexis de Tocqueville, the French government emissary who famously visited a young man from the United States in the first half of 19th century stressed the personal importance of capitalism for the American population.

“I do not know of any country, in fact, in which the love of money has taken a stronger hold on the affections of men, and where the deepest contempt for the theory of permanent equality of property is expressed”, he wrote in 1835. Pursuing economic interest has made Americans “a multitude of disciplined, temperate, moderate, prudent, and self-controlled citizens.” And “Instead of giving in blindly to the ardor of his first desires,” he argues that the typical American “has learned the art of fighting them and has grown accustomed to easily sacrificing the pleasure of the moment to the permanent interests of his entire life.” Furthermore, this country which is “the freest and most enlightened” in the world also acts as a country where “the influence of religion is greatest”.

With inflation remaining close to 40-year highs and the recession just starting its onslaught, the president told us that what destroys America’s soul is not such economic devastation; not a skyrocketing crime; not a wide open border. Rather, it is Trump’s more than 74 million voters who have tried to go “back to an America where there is no right of choice, right to privacy, right to contraception, right to marry those you love.”

In other words, the soul of America is all about legalized abortion for up to nine months, as described in the 1973 Roe case, Doe v. Bolton: “Medical judgment can be exercised in light of all physical, emotional, psychological, family and age factors of the woman … This gives the attending physician the room he needs to make his best medical judgment. And it is the space that works to the advantage, not to the disadvantage, of the pregnant woman. “The unborn child be damned, in other words. June Dobbs’ decision overturned this maxim of judicial imperialism, which was one of the legal regimes of abortion most extreme in the world.

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Activists protest outside the Senate chambers in the Indiana Statehouse during a special abortion ban debate session in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 25, 2022. (Cheney Orr / Reuters)

The collective soul of America is apparently asking to accept that the 14th Amendment protection against a state that deprives “any person of life, liberty or property, without due process” extends in some way to “intimate choices that they define personal identity and beliefs “and that this, in turn,” leads to the conclusion that same-sex couples can exercise the right to marry “, as established by the Obergefell decision. And it all originates from the absurd “penembers, formed by emanations” that were the basis of the 1965 Griswald ruling which discovered a constitutional right to contraception hidden between the lines.

One fine day the Supreme Court, these nine unelected oracles of transcendent wisdom that we have entrusted for life to solve our most difficult problems, will discover that the “right of Americans to marry the one you love” applies if you are in love together with two people, are they of the same sex or of a different sex? In the ’70s there was a number one hit on just that dilemma: “There was another man I needed and loved,” the song said, “but that doesn’t mean I love you less. . there is only this empty place within me that only he can fill. (Or only substantial due process can be filled.)

Will they find that “the right to marry the one you love” extends to males in their fifties who “love” teens or preteens? It may seem like a ridiculous question, but the same was true of same-sex marriage before the Dutch legalized it in 2001. And considering new judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record, maybe she’ll write the opinion.

Joe Biden used the word “democracy” 31 times in a 25-minute speech. But what is democratic is what “MAGA Republicans” according to him hold “a dagger in the throat of our democracy” represent: allowing the elected and responsible representatives of the people to decide the difficult issues that have only become issues in recent decades.

The American people have full power to amend our Constitution to make abortion, artificial contraception, same-sex marriage and anything else a federal right. And if the amendment process – which requires three-quarters of the state legislatures – is too difficult, they can amend the Constitution to make the process easier. The Democratic Party could have done the Democratic thing and spent the last three decades agitating for just that, and probably would. But instead they focused on annihilating the characters of Republican Supreme Court candidates like Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh.

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The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 14, 2022. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo)

In 1920, the Constitution was changed to give women the vote. There have been no amendments on social change since then, despite the sexual and technological revolutions of the past few decades. Democratic Party politicians prefer it this way because having the Supreme Court execute their orders means more radical changes in the law and not having to defend the vote in this or that to their constituents.

According to Biden, “history tells us that blind loyalty to a single leader and a willingness to engage in political violence is fatal to democracy.” But the Democrats made the activist judiciary their only leader, and in July a 26-year-old man traveled 3,000 miles from California with the intent of assassinating a Supreme Court judge not activist enough for his liking.

As Tocqueville recognized nearly two centuries ago, economic freedom is what you find when you peer into the soul of America. In a time of economic hardship never before seen by the mess left by Jimmy Carter, both employers and employees would be better served if our Constitution worked as intended by its makers and if the president was not slandering the tens of millions of Americans who they voted against him to distract from his crazy inflationary spending, just because they don’t share the undemocratic views of the Democrats.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Thomas McArdle

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Thomas McArdle was a White House speech writer for President George W. Bush and writes for


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