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Optimism is a gift

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I worry at times about using this column too often to complain about a variety of topics that, seem to me, have our country going in the wrong direction. In expressing an opinion, my goal is to offer an issue of concern and provide an optimistic alternative.

Optimism, like sunlight, creates growth. Americans have always thrived on an optimistic vision of our future. No matter what disappointments, failures or challenges we faced in the past, we knew that if we work hard, stay focused and press forward we can turn the tide for the better. It’s this very sense of American optimism that attracts so many to our shores. It’s the one intangible asset that Americans sometimes take for granted. Our past is full of failures, but history confirms that from our perseverance we’ve grown from the opportunity and found a constructive way to use the failure to better our nation.

Perseverance takes discipline and with a never-say-die attitude, our nation and her people have found creative ways to correct the errors, and chart a course that has made us the envy of the world. With optimism, citizens must recognize that it’s within their reach to accomplish anything they choose. For more than 200 years, American immigrants wanted nothing more than the freedom to pursue their dreams and faith and make a better life for their children and themselves.

With that thought in mind, I was surprised last week when Scott Rasmussen, the man behind the Rasmussen Surveys, warned us in his weekly column to beware of the new elites who are rewriting the rule book, so that special privilege takes the place of hard work.

“The United States is supposed to be a land of opportunity where everyone can pursue their dreams,” he wrote. “But those on top today are busy rewriting the rules to limit entry into their club.”

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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