Feels Like America Again
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With a six pack in one hand and the Presidential seal in the other, it seemed President Clinton had this remarkable ability to capture the hearts of millions of Americans. Personally, I didn't get it and even now cannot think of one thing he did in his entire political career that was more remarkable than, perhaps, his shameless ability to accept credit for what he did not do. To many, he was this regular guy who played the sax, wore tidy whities, probably lost his virginity in the back of an El Camino and, as you may have heard, "almost" smoked pot. Which, I guess, made him popular because he didn't make anyone feel they needed to examine their own lives in a feel good, anything goes America. He got away with what a lot of men only know to be true in the
pages of Penthouse Forum, while stuffing his face with pepperoni pizza (extra intern, please) and thumbing his nose at fuddy-duddies like me who, actually, thought the office of President was supposed to be for gentlemen more dignified. And the message of the day was, if you get caught, lie your tail off.
As the 2000 election year approached, from what I could see, instead of having a President who couldn't keep his apples in his pants, we were, potentially, about to get a President who couldn't find his. And truth, once again, seemed to be as elusive as Sasquatch...perhaps he kept all of that in a "lock box" somewhere, I don't know. I do know, however, that the very idea of Al Gore moving into the Whitehouse was, to me, as destressing as being told that, for
the next four years, the kindergarten class at my son's school would be cutting my hair...with pointy scissors!!!! I just wanted to scream, "Come on, people, wake up and smell the cigars." I needed Bush to win!
I realized, back then, that there was no Amazing Karenac and that my abilities did not include controlling the thoughts of brain-numbed deniers of the importance of honor. There was no swaying those loyal Clintonites who scoffed at the suggestion that this contemptuous, ego-inflated faker's stained morality had, indeed, taken a toll on our country. It was, after all, the economy, stupid! And the popular question was, are you better off today than you were eight years ago? As for me, that flippant proposal was never a real effective selling point. During those eight years, there was emptiness in
America; a stifling of inspiration and hopefulness. Even today, there are
those out there who are, again, blowing smoke in an effort to reinstate the belief that America's back bone is folded up in our collective wallets...I urge you, do not inhale.
Frankly, I don't care how much better or worse off, financially, I am today. I, now, have a brighter outlook for our future than I ever did during the eight years of moral strangulation and flagrant disrespect for the dignity of our country lead by the last administration. I thank God everyday that we have a President who knows that the meaning of America is not something to be held tightly in our bank accounts or bound in the hip pocket of world opinion. This is a man who understands that freedom is not without cost, but is willing to,
personally, wage all to protect it...knowing that, without freedom, there can be no peace. He understands that we are not here because of some stroke of luck nor have we grown into the greatest country on earth from some magical bean; we have been truly blessed by our creator with the purest, most magnificent testimony of his love...that's freedom, baby. And we have a responsibility to protect and promote that at all costs.
Even if I were to lose everything I own today and were forced to start all over again, my sense of security is sound. I am better off today because we are, once again, finding our way back to where the proud, unwavering American spirit lives and breaths. Finally, direction has been taken by one who's actions are not based on a finger in the wind, but who's beliefs are based on principle and respect for the men and women serving before us now and before our time, who gave without question because there was no other answer than freedom. No, we are not a perfect nation, but one thing is true; we, as a people, have never been satisfied with our less than perfect selves. And, although, we have committed crimes against freedom in the past, we will never let it defeat or define us.
We have come a long way in our short life. Thank you President Bush for
understanding the continued greatness for which America is destined. And so, for those who still don't get it, it's NOT the economy; it's; honor; it's
trust; it's leadership...stupid!