Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama: "We are Ready to Lead Once More"...But are We Ready to Sacrifice?

There's no question that the United States wants to make a comeback in a big way. We're all ready to "lead once more," as Obama put it at his inaugural address on 1.20.09. But are we ready to make the sacrifices that are necessary in order to lead once more?

In order to get back on top, America is going to have to repair relationships, repair confidence, and repair the economy. We can't fall back into the same problems that got us into our current situations in the first place. Things have to change.

Our biggest sacrifice is going to be the notion that there's always an easy fix. Shortcuts have been the root of the problems we are now facing. From no-doc mortgage loans to bailouts to credit card debt, these shortcuts built the house of cards that should have never been built in the first place.

Hard work and sacrifice are going to be the only way out. We can duck it, dodge it, try to find the newest make money quick scheme, or try to ignore it, but all of these will all lead to the same place: right where you started.

Decades of overspending, wasting, tricking, ignoring and lying have finally caught up with us, and we all know what the only way out is. Sacrifice and hard work. Only after we've proven ourselves once again will America be seen as a leader once again. As President Obama stated, "greatness is never given, it must be earned."

Are you ready for us to lead once again, and are you willing to do what it takes to get there?

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