What is freedom? Freedom in the political sense means freedom from government coercion. It does NOT mean freedom from an employer, from a landlord, freedom from the laws of supply and demand, or freedom from the laws of nature, laws which do not guarantee prosperity to every man. It is the freedom to create your own path and benefit from it. It is the freedom to share those benefits if you choose to, not because you are forced to. It is the freedom to FAIL.
It means freedom from the coercive power of the state. Freedom to use your abilities the best you can to craft a life for yourself to the best of your ability. It means freedom to protect that which you have earned, from other people, in a manner that's true to the Constitution that founded this country. It means freedom to own a weapon responsibly. Certainly, if some people that didn't get elected had their way, I wouldn't own a gun, making it even easier for someone to take what I have at the point of theirs, be it literally or figuratively.
The American political system was not based on "redistributing wealth". It was based on a moral principle that defined what made America great; on the principle of man's inalienable right to his own life - meaning, the principle that man has the right to exist for his own sake. Not sacrificing himself or his or her family to others by force nor sacrificing others to himself without free will. Social interactions are not done by handouts but by trading, men dealing with others as traders, by voluntary choices to mutual benefit.
What all of this "sharing the wealth" appears to me to be is a social system based on an altruist type society, with its forced code of self-sacrifice, rather than the building of individual wealth, the antithesis of capitalism. It is socialism, which, in all it's mutated forms, treats us as a sacrificial animal to be plundered for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the state. You have to look at Venezuela right now to see how well that has worked, while the wealthy are gorging themselves at the country club on gourmet foods while the middle and upper middle class can't even find bread without looking for hours, and there's no medicine for the simplest of illnesses.
The American economy was not built up by "giving it away". What is unique in America is we were the first to use the phrase "to make money". No other language has that phrase used in that manner, in history, men had always thought of riches as a static quality to be seized, begged inherited, shared or looted, or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to truly grasp that wealth has to be created. Created with the efforts of individuals, who improved our world through hard work, and effort and earned money from it as a byproduct.
If we forget that, no matter what our political persuasion, we have no one to blame but ourselves for the inevitable outcome.