On this day 71 years ago, October 6, 1942, Chester Carlson patented xerography, a process he had invented in 1938. Americans have always been inventors. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod and bifocal lenses, and Americans have been inventing new things and better mouse traps ever since. Bill Bennett’s American Patriot’s Almanac contains a listing of just a few of the many American inventions that have improved the lives of billions of people around the world.
|mechanical reaper||1834||Cyrus McCormick|
|sewing machine||1846||Elias Howe|
|telephone||1876||Alexander Graham Bell|
|incandescent lamp||1879||Thomas Edison|
|photographic roll film||1884||George Eastman, Hannibal Goodwin|
|modern submarine||1898||John P. Holland|
|air conditioning||1902||Willis H. Carrier|
|airplane||1903||Orville and Wilbur Wright|
|television||1920s||Philo T. Farnsworth, Vladimir Zworykin|
|rocket engine||1926||Robert H. Goddard|
|nylon||1937||Du Pont Laboratories|
|electronic computer||1942||John V. Atanasoff, Clifford Berry|
|microwave oven||1947||Percy Spencer|
|transistor||1947||J. Bardeen, W. Brattain, W. Shockley|
|integrated circuit||1959||Jack Kilby, Robert Noyce|
|laser||1960||Gordon Gould, Theodore H. Maiman|
|cell phone||1973||Martin Cooper|
|Internet||1960s – 1980s||Scientists all over the country|
American Exceptionalism is the the concept that America is the first country in the world to allow its citizens to be truly free and independent of excessive government interference in their daily lives. This freedom of thought and action, coupled with vigorous self reliance, allowed the minds of American individuals to dream of new and better ways of living. Those who discovered new and improved ways of doing things were allowed to reap the rewards of their efforts and inspirations. Without this exceptional kind of a body politic the marvelous inventions listed above either never would have happened or would not have happened so easily and quickly.
An important part of American exceptionalism is that anyone who comes here and chooses to make America his or her home and loves this country and everything it stands for, is an American. Their in no religious test nor any barrier based on color, creed or ethnicity. America does not have kings, queens, lords or dukes. All Americans stand equal before the law. Americans of the lowest socio-economic state can rise to highest office in the land. Differences of origin and class are less determinative of one’s success in America than in any other country in the world. Just another way America is exceptional.
Sadly, America is now governed by craven politicians and bureaucrats who do not celebrate America’s heritage of liberty and rugged individualism, and in fact seem to loathe those ideas. These cretinous political rulers are able to maintain their place of power and wealth by an uninformed electorate and an ignorant and biased press that dominates the popular narrative. Unless this course is reversed America will no longer be the inventor to the world. As billions of people in the past benefited from a free America with its inventions and ideas, billions more in the future the lose out on new opportunities to improve their lives.
Happily, there is a movement out there that is gaining momentum for change and holds out the promise of a return to glory for America. They call themselves the Tea Party Patriots. The ruling class is now doing everything it can to thwart and demonize this movement. It is not just liberal Democrats afraid of losing their gravy train that are doing this. Prominent establishment Republicans, desperately longing for admittance into the inner sanctum of power politics, are some of the most ferocious and savage denouncers of the Tea Party. The IRS was used by the Obama administration to hamper Tea Party efforts to legally obtain political contributions to further their efforts in the 2012 presidential campaign. The Tea Party had been successful in unseating stalwart supporters of the current political malaise in 2010. This took the ruling class by surprise and scared the daylights out of them. The ruling political class was determined to frustrate those efforts in 2012, and it was quite successful in those efforts. They successfully created a new voting block, now called the low-information voters. What a perfect group of voters to keep a class of political robber barons in power.
The Tea Party has not been stopped, however. It is back on track to gain more and more influence and ability to win elections for a new sort of politician who reveres what America has always stood for, and wants to restore us to our former exceptional place in the world. The world will be the happy recipient of future prosperity if the effort is finally successful.