December 27, 2012

A New Year's Resolution

Another year, another gridlock. We are a society at war with itself, and we Baby Boomers are the chief combatants. It began in the early 1950s, when we had to take up sides in the Cold War. Then came Vietnam and Watergate, Reagan and Clinton. The battle lines hardened. Now we find ourselves at the edge of a cliff, and we seem quite ready to jump. 

It doesn't have to be this way. We must end this "us or them" thinking, the idea that it has to be either/or, my way or the highway. Instead, let's take the road less traveled. Let's start this new year out resolving to make it both.
  • It's not the Second Amendment or a safer society. It's both.
  • It's not raising taxes or cutting spending, it's both.
  • It's not standing by your principles or compromising, it's both.
  • It's not  rich man, poor man, it's both.
  • It's not the Muslims or the Christians, it's both.
  • It's not energy or the Earth, it's both.
  • It's not humans or all other life on the planet, it's both.
  • It's not this generation or that generation, it's ... all of us.
 We're all in this together. It's not either/or. Maybe it's not even both. It's bigger than that. It's all of us. Bruce Springsteen has a wonderful quote: "Nobody wins unless everybody wins." It's that simple, really.That is truly the American Way. We just have to work a lot harder at it. The lives of our children and grandchildren depend on it.

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