Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tipping Point

    We are living in a time when many things are shifting and changing rapidly, the once solid ground under our feet has turned into a field of jello. Staying on our feet and maintaining our balance takes a lot of effort and skill.  It isn't just you, it is the times we live in. Once, not so long ago, Americans were more sure of who they were and where they were going, as individuals and as a country.  We were more secure, more prosperous, and more complacent.  But that was then, and this is now. Today, we are scrambling with finances, challenges and persoanl and national identity.

     Scary as they may be, these are necessary times, because while we were sleeping . . . the world around us changed, and we hardly noticed.  We have gotten a wake up call, and how well we answer it will affect the rest our lives, our children's lives and grandchildrens lives.   

      Whether you like President Obama or not, you should be grateful that we have a President who "gets it". The sense of urgency with which he is taking on big issues like health care, financial reform, education and terrorism, are all necessary, and their reform is necessary NOW.  There is no time to waste, no time to bicker or play politics, because while we do, the EU, China, India, Russia and Latin America are moving forward and eyeing our piece of the pie.  Granted our piece of the pie is too big, and some reduction in its size is both necessary and unavoidable, that is just a fact.  But, unless we want to left with only crumbs, it is time to wake up and start making smart decisions, not partisan, delusional or childish ones.

     It is time to demand that our representatives, businesses and financial institutions wake up too. No matter what your political affilliation, work for change and cooperate with others working for change, because the alternative is too depressing to contemplate.  If we allow ourselves to stay mired in our petty, partisan,  bickering, the world will pass us by, and our children will wake up to a world where the U.S. is irrelevant.
     So, let's stop hitting the snooze button and get up, get dressed and start acting like adults, not bickering children. We must start making the hard decisions that are necessary to put the U.S. back on a solid footing.

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