The year 2010 is about over. One of my privileges is to follow the News. It is impossible to follow the News, at least for me, and not have a comment or two that I want to share.
We think of the United States as an old country. Yet on the timeline of the world, we are a minor blip. And if you consider the Empires of Rome and Greece our apex of success, that is a little scary.
As we face 2011 we must ask, “What is our future?”
Our country is in debt; we follow other countries like China, whose social ideas are much different from our own. We have made no appreciable gains in race relations, nuclear reduction, international relations or internal relations or financial solvency and dependability. Do you disagree with that?
I’ve lived awhile and I can look back to the late 1950s. We were fresh out of the Korean War (Conflict) and North Korea was a problem. That country still is. China had entered that war and killed many of our soldiers, and of course she was too big to confront. As a grade-school student I was still being taught, along with fire drills to hide under my desk in case of nuclear war. Under Eisenhower, we began sending advisers to Vietnam-a war that would ultimately kill 58,000 of our men. In the 1960s, African Americans marched for rights and integration. In these areas, have things really changed?
Has our educational system brought those students who are disadvantaged up, or has the entire system gone down?
The legal profession emanated from the high moral goal to protect people via enforceable laws. Is that what attorneys do today? Do people with little money get the same “law” as those with money?
Our legislators get in office because they have money and massive egos, and the Supreme Court (there are nine so there can’t be ties) is made up of people placed tactically to guarantee certain political and social results rather than the “right” result.
The very people who screamed for anarchy in the late 1960s are turning 65 this year to receive Social Security-I’m sure they’re glad they failed.
Our forefathers could not foresee things that happened with a group like Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
So, am I just preaching gloom and doom?
No, I’m not. Remember, I lived through the 1960s. As we face 2011 we have an untold number of serious problems. However, much like a married couple, as a country we must change.
We must stop trying to control the world with respect to every skirmish. We cannot guarantee everything to everyone. It’s time that our country made everything such as the law accessible to everyone.
However, the main thing is that we all get involved in our future. We are past the point of blind trust.
It is a simple matter from now on of communication, honesty, involvement and most importantly accountability.
I still strongly believe in America!
Happy New Year!
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