Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus wants the country to know something “politically incorrect”… that he loves America.
According to a three-minute video Marcus posted, he loves America the way it is. Anyone who has paid even slight attention to mainstream media over the last two years can see just how controversial that statement has become: people have decried the National Anthem, talked of impeaching its president, abolishing its Electoral College, and welcomed the idea of socialism.
“I love America. I do. I love America because it’s the greatest country in the world I think there are two big reasons why this country is so great.” Marcus said. “The first is our Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression. The second is our free market system.”
The Home Depot co-founder said America’s capitalist, free market enterprise has been a lighthouse to the world, one America should continue to shine.
“The free market system has been the biggest creator of wealth and prosperity the world has ever known, lifting billions of people out of poverty and far more superior than any government program could ever be,” he continued. “The free market is the tool that allows money to reach out and grab hold of the American dream.”
This American dream was fulfilled vis-à-vis the free market system for Marcus when he founded Home Depot in the late 1970s, he said.
“When I co-founded the Home Depot in 1979, I had just been fired and I was broke,” Marcus explained. “There’s no other country in the world that has a system where someone under these circumstances could turn a simple idea and hard work into a company that employs more than 400,000 people and has created thousands of successful millionaires. While I’m no longer in the management of the Home Depot I still believe in the free market enterprise system that helped build it.”
Marcus said he was motivated to speak out when he saw socialism trending in some political and social circles, especially among young people.
“That’s why it pains me to see people in this country glorifying socialism; young people especially have been indoctrinated into believing that free enterprise is immoral because it enriches the greedy and depresses the poor,” Marcus said in the video. “The reality is that the free market system has created the biggest middle-class population in the world. And, while some may say socialism is well-intentioned, the fact is it robs people of their independence, their dignity, and their finances leading to government dependence suppression of ideas and lower standards of living for those under its thumb.”
“Free enterprise just doesn’t create an environment where individuals have the opportunity to prosper but makes charitable giving possible in the first place. It’s not a random occurrence that Americans are the most charitable people in the world. It’s a result of hard work, entrepreneurship, and, yes, a free market system — because in order to give money you need to make money,” Marcus continued.
“It’s not an evil concept. In the last 15 years, I’ve donated to causes that have included medical research, autism research, advocacy for veterans causes, and even building the Georgia Aquarium. Call it whatever you like; free market, free enterprise or, even capitalism. I don’t care, as long as you understand that these free-market ideas have made giving back in these big ways possible,” he said.
“One of my favorite causes is the Job Creators Network, a group I founded to champion these free-market ideals,” Marcus shared. “Efforts like these are more important now than ever as support behind socialism continues to swell in our urban areas, and academia, and even in the halls of Congress. I encourage you to help us in this fight go to our website and make your voices heard thank you.”