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What I want to see in 2010
January 5, 2010 - Cheryl Clarke
Rather than writing about New Year's resolutions as I have in the past, I decided to write about what is on my mind as we begin a brand new year and a new decade in the 21st century.
The whole world changed after Sept. 11, 2001, but it seems we as a nation are still living in some kind of dreamland that we are immune to attack from foreign enemies. Why that is I don't know, but it seems that we need a reminder of the horrors of that day every so often in order to keep our guard up and not be so naive.
The near tragedy that almost happened on Christmas Day should serve as such a reminder, and indeed it has gotten people in Washington talking again, and not a minute too soon. But no matter what precautions we take, I don't think the war on terror will end in my lifetime. I hope that I am proven wrong there, but this war is unlike any we have ever fought, because the enemy is among us, unseen, and the threat continues to grow, as we witnessed Christmas Day. The national media needs to focus more on the miracle of that incident not happening than it has, and less on Tiger Woods and his lack of commitment to his marriage.
I'd like to see the United States military capture and/or kill Osama Bin Laden this year. This is something we really need to give our nation a boost in morale. It also would make us feel safer and maybe even be a little bit safer.
I would love to see this country start turning itself around so we are moving in a more positive direction, away from more government control over our lives and toward more local involvement in government. It seems that we are moving ever closer to a socialistic style government, and away from the tenets of our founding fathers. The Constitution is not a "living" document, open to change whenever the current leaders decide it needs to be changed. It remains a standard that we must protect, of a government of, by and for the people. I don't think the current administration and liberal members of Congress believe the people have the intelligence to govern themselves, and that is a scary thing, because it means they are no longer listening to the people. I fear for the future of my children and grandchildren and what this country will be like after I am gone. I can only hope that the grassroots movement happening right now to get us moving in the right direction again moves into the mainstream of Washington and our leaders become more tuned in to the hearts and minds of the American people. The founding fathers recognized the ability of the people to govern themselves, and that is what has made our nation great and the envy of the world.
I also would like to see the economy turn around, but again, with the policies being pushed through Congress, it looks like our chances for that this year are well, slim to none. Wall Street is doing well, as the stock market continues to stablilize with the help of taxpayer money. The housing market is starting to turn around, but very slowly, but the job market does not show real signs of improvement, with a national unemployment rate of 10 percent officially, but more like 17 percent realistically.
I can only hope and pray that divine intervention, because of praying believers, will be the variable that makes the difference in this nation and world this year. I truly believe that because of the prayers of one family doing God's work on board that American Airlines jetliner Christmas Day, that the plan of the Enemy to "kill, steal and destroy" was foiled. May we learn from this and not take any of our blessings for granted in 2010. May we turn our hearts toward Heaven, and pray each day for our leaders this year. They, and we, all really need it. God bless and grant us a happy new year.
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