The Americans, part two
Lately, I've noticed that many of us are burdened by the troubles of our times. The news in the paper and on television is bad. The economy continues to slide into a double dip recession. Jobs continue to be lost and our government continues to be ineffective in creating employment for our people and balancing the budget. It is very hard to be optimistic in times like these.
The pessimists among us continue to denigrate this wonderful country and the people within it. The American spirit, which put men on the moon, submarines under the polar ice caps, information at the tip of our fingers, and brought peace and prosperity to much of the world is now deteriorating. Let us not forget that we Americans are a generous and optimistic people. Our small business people continue to work hard in a very difficult economic environment. While they are not hiring, they are surviving until the next economic upturn. Most business people are anxiously awaiting the resurgence of the economy. When the economy brightens, they will hire again.
Americans are working harder than they ever have. Layoffs, firings, and off-shoring of our jobs have made our futures uncertain. We are saving more and spending less because we know that we could be next on the chopping block. I've seen some go to work as if they were heading to their execution. The naysayers continue to bash us, then down talk the economy. They forget that we are still the mightiest nation in the world and we will rebound. We may be down but we are not out. We still have roofs over our heads, food in our bellies, and many of the comforts that are but a pipe dream in other countries.
It is time for us to start being positive about our wonderful land and the people who work hard to keep it so every day. I wish that Gordon Sinclair were alive today to repeat his dialogue called "The Americans". I used to listen to Gordon Sinclair on CFRB radio every weekday at 11:45 a.m. The first five minutes was called "Let's Be Personal", followed by 10 minutes of national news. Just about every Canadian and many Americans within range listened to this broadcast. On June 5, 1973, the United States had just pulled out of Vietnam, and floods were washing away our homes and farmland. While everyone else was attacking the Americans, Gordon Sinclair praised us and reminded millions of people of our generosity. His speech traveled from Toronto to Buffalo, then onto Washington and California. Even Ronald Reagan had a copy of it on a 45-rpm record (remember those?). As our nation is again facing international criticism and our spirits are downtrodden, I would like you to take a moment and listen to Gordon Sinclair, just click on this url: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/gordonsinclairtheamericans.htm.
When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, it is America that responds. We launch airlifts of people, equipment, food and water. We responded to the tsunami in Asia without being asked. We responded to the devastation in Haiti. We help countries that we call our friends and when disaster strikes, we even help our enemies. Yet when disaster hits us here at home, we look after ourselves. When hurricanes destroyed New Orleans, I did not see the Malaysians and Indonesians or Haitians coming to our rescue. We marshal our people; commit whatever is needed and move quickly to assist Americans in need. We do this because it is our country. We do not expect other countries to help. To put it simply, we look after our own.
I believe that it is time for us to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and turn the current pessimism into optimism. Our politicians can do what they like in Washington DC. They are not going to destroy the will of the American people any longer. We have had enough of their shenanigans and we will address them in the next election. It is time for us to rebuild our lives, put our people back to work, and resume being the optimists that is in our national culture. Politicians come and go but the American people strive to do better despite the actions of our elected federal overlords.
Let's look at the upside from this point forward. It is time to invest in America. As I write this, the stock market is tumbling. This presents a great opportunity to buy into America at prices that will seem cheap in just a few years. I believe our best years are ahead of us, not behind us. Our founding fathers gave us the Constitution and the freedom to build our nation. We the people survive the trials and tribulations that are placed in front of us and we come out ahead. Other nations can condemn us or they can praise us. We really don't care what they think. We will do what is right and we will do it quickly.
The next time you find yourself feeling down or are about to say something negative, stop yourself. Think of the blessings that we have here, and the fine future that lays before us. Take a moment to rephrase your thoughts in a positive light. In a dark room, it only takes one candle to enlighten us. As your candle shines others will see it and they too will light their candles. Before too long, we will have thousands and millions of candles shining brightly, destroying the fears that face us and allowing us to see the great future that lies ahead.
When people around you are negative, reward them with positive thoughts. Help them to lighten their load of despair and put a bounce back in their step. As they become optimistic they will share their optimism to others. Before long, what started as one person in a dark place will turn into a nation full of citizens proudly march marching forward.
I would like to close with the words of Gordon Sinclair. He got it right in 1973 and his words of wisdom are true to this day. "Our neighbors (he meant the Americans) have faced it alone, and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They'll come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they're entitled to thumb their noses at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles".
This article was inspired by an email from Sheryl. She and I both agree that we at beginning of the next American renaissance.
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