'The New American Century'
3:41 PM, Jun 14, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Anywhere in the world, when someone uses a mobile phone, email, the Internet, or GPS they are enjoying the benefits of the American miracle.
Anywhere in the world, when a bone marrow, lung or heart transplant saves a life, you see the value of the American miracle.
And on one night in July of 1969, all mankind witnessed the American miracle in one historic and unforgettable moment.
For on that day an American walked on the surface of the moon, and it became clear that Americans…..they could do anything!
America’s rise was not free of adversity.
We faced a civil rights struggle that saw Governors defy Presidents, police dogs attack peaceful protesters, and bombs that killed little children in churches.
We faced two oil crises, Watergate and American hostages in Iran.
I grew up in the 1980s, a time when it was morning in America. Yet even then, we faced a war on drugs, we lost Marines in Beirut and Astronauts on the Challenger. We faced a devastating oil spill in Alaska and a terrifying new disease called AIDS.
Through challenges and triumphs, the 20th century was the American century. A century where American political, economic and cultural exceptionalism made the world a more prosperous and peaceful place.
THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY
Now we find ourselves in a new century. And there is a growing sense that for America, things will never be the same. That maybe, this new century will belong to someone else.
Indeed, we do stand now at a turning point in our history. One where there are only two ways forward for us. We will either bring on another American century, or we are doomed to witness America’s decline.
A new American century is within our reach.
There is nothing wrong with our people. Americans haven’t forgotten how to start a business. They haven’t run out of good ideas.
We Americans are as great as we have ever been. But our government is broken. And it is keeping us from doing what we have done better than anyone in the world for over a century: Create jobs.
If we here in Washington could just find agreement on a plan to start getting our debt under control, if we could just make our tax code simpler and more predictable, and if we could just get the government to ease up on some of these onerous regulations, the American people will take care of the rest.
If this government will do its part, this generation of Americans is ready to theirs. They will give us a prosperous, upwardly mobile economy. One where our children will invent, build and sell things to a world where more people than ever before can afford to buy them.
If we can give America a government that lives within its means, the American economy will give us a government whose means are considerable. A government that can afford to pay for the things a government should do, because it does not waste money on things it should not do.
If we can deliver on a few simple but important things, we have the chance to achieve something that is hard to imagine is even possible. An America whose future will be greater than its past.
WE ARE HEADED IN WRONG DIRECTION
But sadly, right now, that is not where we are headed.
We have had no progress on the issues of our time because we have too many people, in both parties, that have decided that the next election is more important than the next generation.
And our lack of progress on these issues has led to something even more troubling. A growing fear that maybe these problems we have are just too big for us. Too big, even for America.
NOW IS NO TIME FOR FEAR
There is no reason to be afraid.
Our story, the story of America, is not the story of a nation that’s never had problems. It is the story of a nation that faced its challenges and solved them.
Our story, the story of the American people, is not the story of a people who always got it right. It is the story of a people who, in the end, got it right.
Let us never forget who we Americans are.
Every single one of us is the descendant of a go-getter. Of dreamers and believers. Of men and women who took risk and made sacrifices because they wanted to leave their children better off than themselves.