Let’s Not Punish Greatness in America

What makes America different from other countries around the world is also what makes us great. We need more of it. What makes us great has enabled generations of entrepreneurs and innovators to change the way we live in unimaginable ways.

What separates us from the rest of the world, and has made us the most prosperous country in the world is the combination of two things: freedom, and the rule of law. The rule of law provides stability and a strong foundation. It protects innovators, who know their work will not be stolen. It provides framework.

Freedom, on the other hand, allows our people to do whatever they want, within the bounds of law. We are free to express ourselves, and free to act. No one is forced to do anything; we are a nation that is constantly reinventing itself, all the time!

Combining freedom and the rule of law provides opportunity and incentive to do great things. Success has not come from a controlling public sector and government, but from a free, creative private sector. Innovation comes from people operating in that system.

What is especially remarkable about this system is the diversity of people who can succeed.

It’s not just people with one particular set of political beliefs. There are successful conservatives that we hear about all the time, like the Koch brothers. But there are just as many successful liberal Democrats, from Warren Buffett to Steve Jobs.

And it’s not based on your background, either. For every child of privilege who is successful in business, there are dozens more who climb to the top all the way from the bottom. Sam Walton had no privilege to help him; neither did Larry Ellison, Oprah Winfrey, or Tyler Perry.

Read more on Newsmax.com: Let’s Not Punish Greatness in America
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