Peter Morici: The Left is a bigger threat to America than China

China tests America more broadly than the trade issues capturing the headlines. It compliments the left’s cultural assault on our nation’s founding ideals, and the latter could restore Old World tyranny to America.

The United States was established by European migrants and Africans brought here against their will. They labored as farmers, merchants and craftsmen in small cities and rural settlements largely isolated from one another but gradually united by experiences that emerged from separated experiments in capitalism and local governance.

Americans emerged, culturally distinct from the British, not defined by a unifying ethnicity or religion, but rather from shared ideas that men seeking their fortunes in free markets and governing themselves through the ballot box are the best paths to personal and shared prosperity and security.

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