The President’s speech required us to imagine what America COULD be like. And, as a relatively conservative person it pains me a great deal to agree with him; luckly, it only happens on occasion. Throughout this post I’ll be directly quoting the President and stating my own response to his words. The entire transcript to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address can be read by clicking the link.
Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.
I must admit, this is the America we should all be striving for, and hoping to achieve. It will not be an easy job, however. In order to have high-paying jobs, we must continue to allow high-paying companies to exist without being over-taxed. He goes on to state that it is something that we can reach because:
we’ve done it before. At the end of World War II, when another generation of heroes returned home from combat, they built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known.
In an era where we had pride in our country and a strong sense of working together. When people had cars and they treasured them and and took care of their homes. America is very lazy now and has become very much a country that is lacking in any pride in ownership — unless its the fact that they own the very newest “i” product from Apple. Very few people seek to work for what they want, but rather feel that they are entitled to just get it. You can see this lack in pride of ownership as you drive down any highway and so many of the car are dirty, broken down, etc. I know so many people have have never even waxed their cars. Honestly, my Explorer CAN look really good, but I lack the proper pride in ownership as well. I’m too broke to provide the care that she really needs — but she does get a good waxing and hand washing pretty regularly.
We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.
It is true, there is a shrinking number of people doing really well. This is not anybody’s fault but their own.