Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's Up to You to Make America the Greatest Country

In the provocative first episode of the HBO show, The Network, a few years ago, the main character set forth a litany of reasons why America has become eclipsed in the world.https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=485015298234731&set=vb.469873159706969&type=2&theater 
Do we agree that America is not the greatest country? That I do not know. But - I know this - We Can Be.
With our powerhouse universities driving research and technological innovation, we can continue to generate solutions to the pressing problems of today - in the areas of health and medicine, the environment, reliable low-cost energy, productivity, and much more. 
With Americans' entrepreneurial spirit we can foster the deployment of these solutions not only within the United States, but throughout the world. 
With our shared values of honesty, candor, and integrity, we can with a renewed advocate for what is right, and just, for ourselves and for the world.
But, greatness follows effort. And it all begins with you.
You must strive to become better educated, to remain informed, to speak out against injustice and intolerance, and to advocate for better government, freedom, and compassion.
You must seek to understand the viewpoints of others, examine the evidence, and reach your own conclusions, rather than merely repeat the phrases rolling off the lips of t.v.'s "talking heads."
You must vote - to elect leaders who are more concerned about America and its citizens than they are about receiving campaign contributions for their own re-election, about their own political party, and even to rise above solely advocating for local interests.
America can be the greatest country, if you act and persevere to make it so.

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