I had a conversation today with a dear friend of mine during which I expounded from the depths of my patriot heart upon the notion that the great democracy is standing in the doorway of decline.
"All empires eventually crumble," she said with a bated smile.
"Sure, but there have been empires that were close to the brink of decay, yet underwent a resurgence of vitality. We are the generation," I said to her, "that can make a change. We are the new decision-makers."
"And what will our choice be?"
Well right. That's exactly the point. We stand in the midst of a recession, staring almost powerlessly as our troops march into yet another war, while on our own turf we have an education system that seems almost beyond repair, and our integrity and self-worth are drowning in the rising tide of consumerism. We are the generation, though, that can begin to change this country. To bring it out of the jaw of recession, and despite what John Mayer might suggest, we can't afford anymore to wait on the world to change. It is up to us to pull this country up by its bootstraps and make its citizens once again proud to be Americans.