Letter by David H. Koch VP of Koch Industries
In her eulogy for her old friend Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher said something that I still find striking in its clarity about what makes America so unique. What she said points us in the direction we urgently need to go if we are going to save this country.
Lady Thatcher astutely observed,
“Therein lies perhaps the final explanation of his achievements. Ronald Reagan carried the American people with him in his great endeavors because there was perfect sympathy between them. He and they loved America and what it stands for: freedom and opportunity for ordinary people.”
For more than two hundred years this simple proposition has brought people from around the world to this land. Each of these ordinary people pursuing their dreams for themselves and their families created products and services that improved the lives of their fellow Americans and, in the process, they built the greatest nation in the history of the world.
If we, as a country don’t fall in love with freedom and opportunity again our nation will grow even more deeply divided and you and I and all Americans are headed for very hard times.
There is a very dangerous tidal wave sweeping the nation. Large and growing numbers of our fellow citizens are increasingly ready to throw away the very freedoms and system that have lifted them and more generations of Americans to a higher standard of living than any other system known to man.
Many are ready to give up on an economic system whose rewards and direction are dictated by the products and services consumers purchase. Instead, they are willing to put a highly centralized government in control of the economy and effectively their lives. Rather than having consumers pick winners and losers, they are in favor of giving that power to government.
In free societies, people get ahead by helping other improve their lives – by producing something of value to them. It’s mutually beneficial relationships
David H. Koch