Posted By RichC on July 4, 2010
I’m a bit frustrated with myself for acting like a “doom and gloomer” lately. I think I’ve been spending too much time filling my head with the partisan personalities on the radio and TV who are focused on everything that is wrong in America. I didn’t like it for 8 years when it came from the political left and it is now bothering me coming from the traditionally forward thinking and optimistic right.
Unfortunately, the discourse and disappointments we’ve seen during the past decade — and the lack of fiscal discipline by our government — haven’t exactly helped reinforce pride in our country (and leaders), and a change in administration did little to encourage a positive attitude. Independent of political parties, those who voted for “hope and change” have shared their disappointment in our nation’s direction, and a year and a half into President Obama’s term are decidingly disappointed and angry.
Where are the leaders who inspire us to come together as patriots? I would love to again see our country as Ronald Reagan said, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere." Frankly I’m disappointed in myself for looking at the “glass half full” and worried that our nation’s better days were behind us … that’s no way to live.
On this July 4th, it might be time to rekindle what it means to be an American. Refocus our energy on electing honorable leaders and hold them to task. Let’s go back to what made this country great and focus on less government and more individual responsibility. Unburden the power of capitalism to create jobs and we’ll be able to compete with any nation in the world … it certainly won’t be difficult to compete with countries drift deeper toward socialism. Come on America, let come together and wake up!