Heroes are people who accomplish extraordinary feats under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, such as the firefighters who marched into the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 in an attempt to save lives, while everyone else was scurrying to get out.
But there's another kind of hero — one who makes a living accomplishing extraordinary feats under extraordinarily difficult circumstances every day of the year. The hero I'm referring to is the Entrepreneur.
The Entrepreneur believes in the right of the individual to go as far as his talents and efforts can take him — and, just as important, the right of the exceptional individual to be allowed to be exceptional.
He is America's great unsung hero because of his creativity, resiliency, and willingness to take risks, which have resulted in giving Western civilization the highest standard of living the world has ever known.
The Entrepreneur thrives on challenges, and his day-to-day eating habits are directly tied to what he produces. In other words, he has no safety net. He gets results or he starves. When an Entrepreneur fails, it is not uncommon for him to lose everything. And when he does, his employees go on to the next job while he goes on to face his creditors.
Many of the most famous people in our nation's history (e.g., Thomas Jefferson) have suffered this fate as a result of risking everything because they believed so strongly in their ventures.
As an entrepreneur myself and a small business owner for fifteen years, I am convinced that entrepreneurs are America’s great unsung heroes. Wall Street may know how wealth is traded, but entrepreneurs know how wealth and prosperity are created.
— Senator Jim DeMint
The progressive is the natural enemy of the Entrepreneur, and thus an enemy of human progress. In fact, the term progressive is a misnomer. Based on decades of empirical evidence, progressives are actually retrogressives, because their words and actions make it clear that, in reality, they hate progress.
The driving force behind retrogressivism is an acronym I like to refer to as GAVEAD (guilt, arrogance, victimization, envy, anger, demonization). These negative character flaws are powerful human failings that cause people to place their desire for wealth without work above moral considerations.
The Retrogressive has been moving the United States away from liberty and toward servitude for more than a hundred years. And this, in turn, has stifled the Entrepreneur and prevented him from into tapping his full potential to create products and services that improve mankind's existence.
The Retrogressive deplores the idea of people taking responsibility for their own lives and seeking success on their own merits. Thus, the Entrepreneur, by creating jobs and stimulating the economy, undermines the Retrogressive's agenda for achieving power over others through government transfer-of-wealth schemes.
In an effort to stifle the Entrepreneur's efforts to create products and services that people want, retrogressive government taxes him at every turn, burdens him with endless regulations, and relentlessly harasses him. And because the Retrogressive is absolutely certain that his beliefs are morally superior to those of the Entrepreneur who produces goods and services in the marketplace, he has no qualms about using force, if necessary, to achieve his ends.
Robert Ringer is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and host of the highly acclaimed Liberty Education Interview Series, which features interviews with top political, economic, and social leaders on the most vital issues of the day.
Ringer has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, The Tonight Show, Today, The Dennis Miller Show, and Good Morning America, among others, and has been the subject of feature articles in such major publications as Time, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal.
The typical Entrepreneur is willing to risk everything in exchange for being his own boss and having the opportunity — not the guarantee— to become far more successful than would be possible in a nine-to-five job.
Why would anyone want to spend an enormous amount of his time, energy, and financial resources, knowing that he might end up with nothing? Answer: to make a lot of money!
That's what motivates the Entrepreneur. Not helping people, not "promoting world peace," not protecting the human race from global cooling or global warming (whichever happens to be in vogue at any given time).
None of this means that the Entrepreneur does not care about others. Nor does it mean he is not civic minded or charitable. It's just that none of these attributes have anything to do with his chief business objective — making money.
As difficult as it may be for the Retrogressive to accept, a business is not a charity. The purpose of a business is to make money — period!
The bonus to all this, however, is that as a result of his pursuit of profits, and through the invisible hand of the marketplace, the Entrepreneur also creates jobs, produces products and services that people want, and does the one thing that government can never hope to accomplish: stimulate the economy.
The Retrogressive likes to argue that the Entrepreneur acts in his own self-interest, and he's absolutely right. But so does everyone else! The fact is that self-interest is neither good nor bad. It's simply a human trait.
The way the Entrepreneur acts in his own self-interest is by producing products and services that other people want, which he hopes will increase his own wealth. On the other hand, those who live off the efforts of others also act in their own self-interest.
But there's a big difference between the two. The unintended consequence of the Entrepreneur's self-interest provides benefits to others, while the self-interest of those who are parasitic does great harm to the overall economy and makes life more difficult for individuals they will never even meet. Thus, the invisible hand of the marketplace works in both directions.
The smart Entrepreneur knows that in order to achieve his financial objectives, he must create value for others. He knows that if he does not give you the best products and services at the lowest possible prices, his competitors will be more than happy to do so in an effort to win your business.
Robert Ringer skillfully maps out the severe repression the progressive agenda imposes on the American entrepreneurial spirit. Our nation was founded on risk taking. Ringer clearly outlines our moral and constitutional foundation and defines the convictions necessary for an entrepreneur's drive for success to overcome fear of failure.
— Congressman Steve King
The Entrepreneur is not afraid of failure, because he realizes that every failure serves as a positive learning experience. He understands that each failure brings him one step closer to success.
Thus, when the Entrepreneur gets tripped up, he does not want help from the government. On the contrary, what he wants is for the government to leave him alone.
A successful Entrepreneur has the mental toughness to pick himself up, brush himself off, and move on to the next deal. And when he moves on, he does so with an arsenal that contains a considerable amount of newly acquired knowledge and wisdom.
Nevertheless, the Retrogressive dreams of a life that is risk free. What he does not understand is that people must be allowed to fail, because when you take away the right to fail, you take away creativity and resourcefulness. If there were no risks involved, everyone would be an Entrepreneur.
Contrary to the Retrogressive's belief that the government must regulate "greedy" Entrepreneurs, the market, through the law of supply and demand, is an infinitely more effective regulator than all of the politicians in the world combined.
In fact, it would be accurate to say that the market is never wrong, because it always rewards those who produce products and services at prices people are willing to pay and punishes those who do not.
The Entrepreneur is often accused of being "greedy" — and, indeed, he is. Greed is, quite simply, the desire to acquire more of something, and the reality is that all human beings possess such a desire.
But different people have different desires. One person might desire to acquire material wealth by providing products or services that people are willing to purchase from him, while another person might desire to acquire power over others by leading or joining a crusade of some kind. But regardless of their objectives, all people are "greedy" in the sense that they have a "desire to acquire."
Though the audience was set up to hiss and boo when Gordon Gekko, in the 1987 movie Wall Street, spewed out those now-famous words, "Greed is good," the fact is that greed, like self-interest, is neither good nor bad; it's neutral. It's only the methods that a person employs to fulfill his desires (i.e., satisfy his "greed") that are good or bad.
So long as the Entrepreneur does not use force or fraud against anyone, he need not apologize for being "greedy" — and certainly not for any success he is able to achieve through raw ambition and hard work.
In his book, Robert Ringer's portrait of the entrepreneur as a target of oppressive government is not only informative, but startling in its presentation. His examples are an eye-opening history lesson. If you're not sure you are an entrepreneur, you will clearly know after reading this book.
— Herman Cain — Former President and CEO of Godfather's Pizza
It is important to realize that the far left never retreats. It is has been trudging forward in America for at least a hundred years, which is why the war between the Retrogressive and the Entrepreneur is never-ending.
Thus, the major question of our time is, which side shall prevail? Will it be the Retrogressive, who extols the virtues of a collectivist society in which men and women are living, breathing automatons?
Or will it be the Entrepreneur, who passionately believes in the right of the individual to determine his own destiny, to work as hard as he chooses, to earn as much as he possibly can, and to keep the fruits of his labor?
It is the entrepreneurial spirit that has always moved America forward, and it is the Entrepreneur who is most capable of leading the charge to resurrect the American way of life that our parents and grandparents experienced.
We were never meant to be a collectivist society. Our Founding Fathers fought for a society based on individual rights, entrepreneurship, and, above all, liberty. The Retrogressive is the enemy not only of the Entrepreneur, but of all people of goodwill whose lives are enhanced by the Entrepreneur's efforts.
In a true laissez-faire economy, government never would have been allowed to go beyond its original purpose of protecting the lives and property of its citizens — and the Entrepreneur would have been able to create wealth on a scale that is impossible for the Retrogressive to comprehend.
Some people marvel at how far mankind, through the efforts of the Entrepreneur, has advanced in such a short period of time. But what they marvel at is not a reflection of the his true potential; it is his true potential minus government intervention.
In other words, it is the Entrepreneur, not government, who built America and made it the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. And the only way for the U.S. to snatch economic victory from the jaws of economic defeat is for the government to get out of the way of the Entrepreneur and allow him to once again move the country forward.
Set free to act in his own best interests, the Entrepreneur, America's great unsung hero, has the capacity to be the driving force behind a new and revitalized America with unlimited possibilities for improving the well-being of its citizens.