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Our Nation is at a Crossroads

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Many nations have tried this approach and many nations have failed. When the able bodied population of this nation have been empowered and motivated to make things happen on their own we’ve seen growth in all forms. When the population becomes complacent and lacks the opportunity for great personal growth the bottom line motivation becomes hollow, and the risk is no longer worth the effort required.

We can not allow the latter sentiment to take hold.

When the risk takers, the motivated small entrepreneurs and young dreamers just starting out in life become disillusioned and lose faith that the realization of their dreams is no longer in their hands a fear sets in and takes hold. The fear that what made our country the great economic engine that drove the world is now slowing down is both frightening and disheartening. It’s seen as more than just a failed election it’s a stark realization that our way of life is about to change and there may be little anyone can do to alter what is about to take place.

The nation’s course now appears to be set. We can not afford four more years of stagnate government but we’ve essentially sent the same players back to Washington who have accomplished little over the past four years. We can not afford rising costs, increased unemployment, higher deficits and further grid lock. So we must have faith that our great nation will persevere and not allow a process of social reengineering to dampen the capitalistic spirit that has proven so successful over the years. Both must coexist and so it’s time for both sides to unite, address the issues facing the country without further gridlock, with a spirit of cooperation and resolve to maintain a national attitude where personal responsibility and self reliance are still valued over all else. Time will tell what the future holds but none of us can lose faith in a country that has given us so much and yet much more is still expected for the generations that follow.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press. Email him at dan@denpubs.com.

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