by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds
You want to make America strong again? The only way to do so is to start telling the truth and insisting on the truth.
“Making America Strong Again” is a potent political narrative. But what does “being strong” mean? For some, it’s a code-phrase for bullying–forcing other nations to do our bidding.
For others, it describes a re-emergence of widespread domestic economic vitality.
Another audience sees the rebuilding of a social contract and social cohesion as the essence of strength.
As laudable as some of these interpretations of strength might be, to me “being strong” boils down to one principle, and only one principle: tell the truth, however painful and unwelcome as it might be.