Monday, January 2, 2012
It’s the End of the World or at Least that’s What They’re Saying
All I can say is hold on to your hats. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Frankly, I’ve never heard so many end-of-the world and apocalyptic statements coming from commentators, pundits, and presidential candidates than I have heard in the past year. It seems that our very existence as a species is at stake in this year’s election. To say it’s over the top is an understatement. And to be fair, this is coming from both parties.
You are going to hear a lot of terms thrown around in the next few months—take back America, restoring the American Dream, class warfare, American exceptionalism are just a few of the many terms that you will become familiar with in the coming year. Fear can be a strong motivator. Sometimes it causes us to do things that absolutely make no sense. Nobody wants to lose what they have.
Don’t buy into the slick 30 second Presidential commercial spots. Sure, they’re going to look good and convincing, but they’re just like a donut, they offer a lot of empty calories and a hole in the middle. Is it the end of the world? Is America finished? Only you can decide that. But for me I’m not buying into the fear. I want a candidate who is a straight shooter who is not trying to scare me but will articulate a clear vision for America that includes all Americans, not just the ones that agree with his or her policies.