Friday, March 18, 2011

Clear Thinking on Our Future

I was struck when reading a recent cover article in Time Magazine by Fareed Zakaria called "Are America's Best Days Behind Us" that so few people in recent years have demonstrated clear thinking about this country's position in the world.  This is an article I think all Americans should read.

I keep hearing people complaining that the U.S. has become less competitive in one breath and then urge budget drastic cuts in education and infrastructure (some of the key things that made us a great country) in the next.  Our biggest problem is that we've lulled ourselves into a state of complacency.  I won't restate the article, but one of its key conclusions is that the ingredients for greatness are still there but our political system has become completely dysfunctional and is more focused on reinforcing the status quo than creating the conditions for the long-term wellbeing of this nation.  Politics has become an impediment to our progress.

Over the past few months, we have watched people rise up at the peril of their own lives to gain a voice in their native lands, while we in the U.S. have become increasingly fat and lazy.  It's easy to point fingers at everyone else, but we all need to take a good, hard look in the mirror to understand why things don't change.  This article made me look in the mirror, and I urge everyone to read it.

1 comment:

Martin said...

Thanks you! I read your blog each day you publish a message. Your approach is so to be respected. The truth is a strange and wonderful thing!It changes with each of us and yet we need respect and love of all. Wow. I think you understand.