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Is This Our Last Chance?

Received: 30Apr2012

Let us suppose that Ronald Reagan had an epiphany like President John Kennedy's:
"We choose to go to the moon". "It will be done by the end of the decade." [12Sep62]

In his May 1st, 1982 speech opening the World's Fair, President Ronald Reagan said that his administration
"will insure that our people and our economy are never again held hostage by the whim of any country or cartel".
Let us suppose that through focus, dilligence and visionary leadership, America achieved energy independence.

Had we such visionary leadership, what would be the guiding principle of our foreign policy?

Would not these visionaries recognize that:

  • our way-of-life is not the only way-of-life, and
  • we must fix our problems before we tell other countries how to fix theirs?

Today our politicians spend an inordinate amount of time and energy minding other people's business. Instead of solving our budget problems, our education problems, our immigration problems and our retirement-system problems, they offer us distractions reporting on junkets they recently took to some foreign country that poses no threat to our republic but severely drains our treasury. It is because they are not visionaries. They are incapable of fixing our problems; they know it but they hope that we don't notice.

What would it be like to have thousands of American soldiers still with us?
What would it be like to have thousands of American soldiers still in possession of all four limbs?

In November, we must elect visionaries.