Listening to the President, much of Congress and the media, you’d think life in America borders on an economic depression, that all businesses are “tanking”, and that no mega-corporation should be allowed to fail. It’s enough to depress you! You have to wonder what America they live in!
Maybe, the land inside the U.S. Capital beltway is foreign to the rest of America. There, it seems self-appointed despots can rule, based on all the gifts given them in homage for favors exchanged. But my America is far from that.
And why do they want to look at Europe as a model for this country? Instead, we need to reconnect with what’s slowly being disconnected from – my America.
In my America, I find incredible strength, perseverance and a resolute “we’ll get through it” attitude. It’s where farmers and small business persons are still excited about opportunities to profit from their dreams.
In my America, we have older friends who lost their jobs due to downsizing. But those who’ve been frugal have enough to “get by” until they can continue to humbly “get by” on their retirement income.
In my America, a young neighbor can’t find work as an electrician due to the home construction industry collapse. He has a house full of teen mouths to feed. (That, alone, is enough to drive one crazy). But he has no plans to buy an AK-47 or any other assault weapon to make others feel his pain. Instead, this family leans on what has always gotten good people through tough times – faith in a power higher than Uncle Sam. With faith, they have hope.
In my America, people with jobs are trying to help out those without job. Small businesses aimed at helping others take care of what they have are booming – home improvement, auto care, personal care, even local food production.
In my America, millions still want the freedom to succeed via education, hard work, persistence and ingenuity – and still want the freedom to fail, without a bail-out or a take-over by Uncle Sam.
When we reach the point of losing our entrepreneurial spirit, then, just maybe we’re ready to Europeanize. But my America isn’t there yet! Is yours?
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