As the title says, should we as a nation be more like Europe, at least in the area of economic policies? Well, Walter Williams in his article titled "Should we copy Europe?" on Townhall.com says no. I agree. If you take a good look at our European cousins they are not really doing so well these days when it comes to fiscal responsibility and social stability. Sure, I've heard a few individuals speak of how the Euro is out-performing the dollar in the market but that's on paper and the dollar is still pretty strong right now and you have to ask why that is and if anything, this article ought to make you wonder how is it that a nation can survive if it continues to weaken its own people through governmental over-taxation and subsidies? Remember the saying, teach a man to fish vs. give a man a fish? Do you recall which was better? According to European policy and those who continue to look to Europe for guidance on American policies, apparently it is better to simply take the fish from another fisherman and give it to someone who doesn't know how to fish, then give the fisherman back a small piece of the fish he caught to begin with.
Is this what we want in America? Do we want to live off of the government rather than live, work, and enjoy the fruits of our own labor? Read Mr. Williams article, maybe you will be surprised, as I was, at just how bad it REALLY is in Europe. If Europe can't get the basic principle of free enterprise and low taxation right, then I doubt if they can get much else right in regards to governmental policies. This has been evident over the past year as we have seen Muslim youths rioting in France and are still doing so to this day. They are finally reaping the whirlwind of their Socialist economic and political policies. I think my point becomes more valid when you read this article from The Brussels Journal called "The Rape Of Europe". This is a perfect example of what might be in our own future if we are not careful here in America. Many of the social doctrines of Diversity and Multiculturalism that are espoused by our leaders will ultimately lead to our destruction as a nation. There is a reason patriotism is important to a nation, especially a free nation if it is to survive, a nation must have the loyalty of its own people. This is why the illegal immigration debate is such a hot topic, underneath all of the political ballyhoo is this harsh reality. Emmigrants of any race or ethnicity who come to this country must assimilate into the American cultural mainstream. It is essential if this country is to survive. In addition, our own economic policies can have a direct correlation between the loyalty, strength and resolve of the people and how much actual financial freedom is enjoyed by the very same. The more you enslave a people the more they will want to rebel and be free, and the less loyal they will become. We have seen this scenario played out throughout history. No right thinking individual wants to be a slave, whether physically or economically. I hope that one day my fellow Americans will come to realize just how little freedom they actually have and begin to fight the powers that be that seek to control and subjugate us all through taxation and over-regulation. Hopefully, the people of Europe will somehow muster the spiritual and political will to fight back themselves. Demanding that their taxes be lower, that the government get out of the business of the "nanny state", and that those who seek to live in their country devote their loyalties to that country whole-heartedly. The idea of all cultures and religions being equal is a bad one and should go the way of the dinosaur.
You know what, I've changed my mind, we should definitely look to Europe when deciding our policies, as an example of what not to do.