Rescuing A Broken America by Michael Coffman, Ph.D.
February 3, 2011 by Bob Livingston
While most Americans know that their country is experiencing deep political divisions, few understand how or when this came about.
Some feel this division first appeared during the 2000 Presidential election in which the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in Florida’s ballot counting controversy. Others believe it manifest itself in the election of Barack Obama and the passage and proposal of overreaching and possibly unConstitutional bills (like Obamacare and Cap and Trade) by a Democrat Congress. But the schism actually began long before, writes Michael Coffman, Ph.D., in his book, Rescuing A Broken America: Why America is Deeply Divided and How to Heal it Constitutionally.
America is mired in a war of world views, Coffman writes, between the axiom of freedom and mutual respect best described by John Locke (1632-1704) in his Two Treatises on Government, and that of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) in his Social Contract and Discourse on the Origin of Inequality. And the divide stems from the fact that America’s people no longer understand the principles of unalienable rights and self-government as envisioned by the Founding Fathers because public schools no longer teach the foundations of freedom and God-given rights that protect them from plunder by others and their government.
The Founders subscribed to Locke’s view that the government’s purpose is to join with others “united, for the mutual preservation of their lives, liberties and estate, which I call by the general name, property.” And most Americans would be amazed to learn that the free right to own property represents the foundation upon which life and liberty depend, Coffman writes.
This difference can also be summed up as a dispute over whether we enjoy “natural rights,” guaranteed by the Constitution, or “positive rights” granted by government.
The Rousseau model, subscribed to by socialists and progressives, is easily sold to a dumbed-down populace because it is based on emotions and feelings and spell out what the government must do for its people. But positive rights also spell out what the people can and cannot do and were the basis for the Soviet Union’s constitution.
Property rights are also addressed by Coffman, and he demonstrates how today’s progressives are attacking the rights of Americans to own property and decide its best use and how this is a play right of Rousseau’s plan.
Studies show that the lower the protection of property rights in a country the lower is its per capita gross domestic product. Conversely, the higher the protection of property rights the higher the per capita GDP.
Coffman’s research shows how the right to own property is fundamental to a prosperous citizenry. In countries where citizens are able to own property and decide how it is used — as in the United States — citizens can turn that property into individual wealth. But in countries where citizens have no property rights — third world nations — the citizens have no means of building wealth. The property tied up by those governments and denied its citizens represent about $9.3 trillion in lost wealth — which is 93 times as much as all development assistance given to the developing nations from the advanced countries over the last 30 years. This is just one of the many ways Rousseau socialism has harmed individuals in other countries, and is a precursor to what is happening in America as Americans watch their rights to own and control property be whittled away.
Additionally, Coffman covers the global agenda that is working behind the scenes to co-opt American institutions and set the agenda in education and through the media to profoundly change the way the American people view their country and think about its founding document. This insidious effort is behind the evolution of Americans from the natural rights to the positive rights mindset. And because it’s so entrenched through multiple generations of teaching and propagandizing it will be incredibly difficult to turn back, Coffman says.
Finally, Coffman offers Constitutional solutions that will help to stem the tide and steer America back on its proper course. These solutions range from the simple — pinning down candidates to ensure they understand Constitutional principles and are determined to abide by them — to the complex — using old, seldom-used laws to restrain the Federal government when it tries to assume authority it doesn’t have.
Rescuing a Broken America is a must-read for anyone considering running for political office or who simply wants to understand how we came to this point and what must be done to correct our course. It is footnoted and uses mainstream sources to prove its points, including the issue that explains how a global cabal is seeking to dominate the world for its own ends.
I read the first printing, which came out in early 2010, and it did have some typographical errors that must be corrected in subsequent editions. But the errors were minor and didn’t detract from the book’s message, that America is being subverted by progressive liberals in the Rousseau tradition who think that because of their education that they have a better understanding how the world should work than do the great “unwashed” masses living in what has become known as flyover country — middle America.