My tracking information tells me that some of you out there are still reading my posts, and for that I thank you. The lack of recent comments leads me to believe that my conservative Republican friends have either 1) given up in disgust on their plan of converting me to their doctrines or 2) withdrawn from the public discourse as they mutter among themselves about what to do about their marginal position on the current political landscape.
Either way, I can’t blame them. I sort of miss the interaction, but I can see why the more educated and intelligent members of the GOP (General Opposition Party) may need some quiet time right now. Things in general are going very, very well in this country, which sort of takes the wind out of the sails of those accustomed to being motivated by outrage and anger. (Except, of course, for the FOX news pundits, who make their living from fomenting outrage and anger.)
Everything but prices are inching up—housing starts, the stock market, the reputation abroad of the United States. The American economy is a slow, heavy barge, but it’s starting to turn. And while we’re still at war, we’re finally sending our young heroes into the places where our enemies reside. People have a few extra dollars in their paychecks to spend, new industries and thousands of new jobs are being created by the stimulus funds, and America is no longer in the business of torturing its accused enemies. It’s hard to sell doom and gloom when people are hopeful and proud.
Perhaps now is a time for all of us to reflect—Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and those among the nearly 40% of Americans who—even in the historic 2008 elections—did not and do not vote.
If there is one thing our charismatic and inspiring young president stands for it’s the power of an individual to make a difference. Maybe this is as good a time as history will ever provide for all of us to take that lesson to heart and ask ourselves, “Is there something more I should be doing?”