Sunday, June 15, 2008

Why America is Great

I have a theory about why the United States may be the greatest nation in the history of the world.

We have, more often than not, chosen optimism and hope over fear and despair.

Historically, most of our choices have endorsed the idea that tomorrow will be better, no matter how bad today might be. We choose greatness, we choose ambition, we choose the positive. In that ideal we have of ourselves, our national character is upbeat, our mood one of self-confidence.

We need to choose greatness again.

It is time to turn the page.

Our next President has enormous challenges ahead. Do we want someone who will bring us more of the same, more of what we've had for the past eight years? Or do we want something new?

Will we choose optimism and hope, or fear and despair?

I choose optimism. I choose to believe in the things that have made the United States great-- things that we have forsaken in a dark era of fear, but that we can rediscover, reaffirm, and restore. It will take a lot of work, and it will not be easy, but after all... we believe in overcoming great challenges, and will overcome these.

That's what I believe.

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