“I don’t know about you, but my idea of healthcare for everyone is not waiting for ten years to stand in line to take a number for a hip replacement or kidney transplant, to be performed by a doctor not of my own choosing.” I hear those words from many proud people that want to believe and have a choice.
There was a time in American history when we were number one. Sure it wasn’t a perfect world, but we all rallied when there was a fight to be had and we all survived feast and famine. Everything was proudly labeled “made in the USA”; we all had jobs and were proud of our country. Now we settle for cheaply made global goods and pay for them at luxury prices, particularly those from China. The old saying “buy cheap and sell dear” now has a new reverse meaning, “make cheap and sell dear.” The recent USA Olympic wear for the opening ceremony was brought head on to our attention, leaving many guessing each outfit probably cost 90 cents to make and 900 dollars to purchase.
What happened to the American Dream? The United States of America was created by people seeking freedom and a better way of life who traveled from old worlds, enduring unfathomable hardships to breathe free. Their dreams still live in every aspect of our great nation and we must select great leaders to ensure our way for a better life for all.
On the campaign circuit we find Mitt Romney vs. President Barack Obama, albeit President Obama has one up on Romney in that department. They both earned law degrees from Harvard University, with Romney adding an MBA to his tenure at Harvard. In 1984, Romney helped found Bain Capital, designed to launch and help rebuild many struggling American companies. After managing the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City from 1999 to 2002, he served as Governor of Massachusetts.
With November rapidly approaching, the need to have a suitable running mate for our challenging candidate is crucial for good back-up support. To quote from the movie The Blind Side, “What every good housewife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage, but the second is for the insurance.” We need a well selected running mate for our presidential hopeful and Paul Ryan may just be Romney’s insurance. With President Obama and Vice President Biden already leading our country, we now have two good party ticket combinations that will make us want to head to the polls come Election Day with the knowledge and confidence that our nation will be in great hands for the next four years. Hands that will pull us up by our bootstraps and give us faith that our economy is stable, our belief in the American dream is still there, and everyone gets a square deal. A square deal that we worked hard for, made happen by our own means and manifestations, and was not created and handed to us on a silver platter by government officials.
In our perfect world, everything is possible and positive, especially in our great country as well as around the world. It’s easier to criticize than to praise depending on how we look at our current or past administrations. Knowing where we came from, remembering where we’ve been, and knowing where we are today, still in a world of freedom and opportunity.
The Lady holding the lamp proudly proclaims, “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these, the homeless tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside a golden door.”