This country needs to tighten its belt
Twenty years ago I read a newspaper column on discipline. I made some notes which are apropos to some problems our country faces today, and I would like to share these thoughts.
Since World War II, Americans have been pampered and spoiled and have spurned the discipline of "doing without." We have indulged ourselves to the point where indulging has become a way of life. Getting what we want, frequently on credit, has become the "American Way."
We are no longer morally, mentally, emotionally, and physically lean, trim, and healthy. We pray that we shall not become a country of moral and spiritual derelicts and mental pigmies. Most of us realize that there are "no free lunches," but we postpone the day when we must stand and say "This is pay day."
Our nation was built upon the principles of hard work, resourcefulness, self-reliance, cooperation, pride of accomplishment, and honest competition. It is depressing to read and realize that we cannot successfully compete in fair and open trade with our fellow man in world markets.
Had we lost World War II, the story may have been different. We have rested on our laurels and gloried in our halo overlong! We must tighten our collective belts, begin to grow anew within the discipline of "doing without," and look toward our potential as an intelligent, industrious, and a resourceful, thrifty people. The strength of a people comes from within, where it is nourished by a deep well fed by the undersurface waters of industry, truth, honesty, kindness, love, tolerance and understanding. Let us search for this well and drink from its healing waters.
Choose Clinton because of her experience
When you go to vote, do so for the candidate of your choice because you agree with his or her outlook. Not because of the celebrity behind him or her.
We all have the right to choose. Would Oprah be backing Barack Obama if he were not African-American? Did so many people show up in Columbia to listen to Obama the politician or to see Oprah the celebrity? Remember the choice you make should be based on the candidate and the issues they stand for. America has to live with our votes for the next four to eight years. Trust in yourself and what you believe, and good luck to us all.
Obama does not have experience that Sen. Hillary Clinton has. We have to look at what our candidate has done, the experience that each has. We know who our candidate is. Please be sure that you choose for yourself, not because someone else is telling you who to vote for.