I dropped by the Obama transition site, Change.gov, where I found a request to share my vision for America on this page. Their request seemed sincere - "Start right now. Share your vision for what America can be, where
President-Elect Obama should lead this country. Where should we start
together?" - so here's what I submitted (with a tweak or two) -
"I envision an America that returns to its Constitutional roots. An America which eschews spread-the-wealth talk and instead emphasizes personal responsibility. I see an America that takes care of those who truly are unable to take care of themselves, but insists that the able bodied be self reliant, rather than ruminating on what their government can do for them.
I envision an America with a Federal government scaled down to its Constitutional boundaries, not interfering with the lives of its people, but providing for the common defense of its citizens, including those in the womb. I envision an America far from the current disaster created by the Demopublican party and their cronies and contributors from Wall Street.
I see an America where racism has been dealt a mortal wound with no hope of recovery. I long for an America where all lame excuses for dependence on the government have passed away. I hope for an America where the schools are controlled locally, insulated from federal mandates. I dream of an America where the government spends no more than its income, where pork barrels are shattered and earmarks are not tolerated.
I cry out for an America that has shed the false responsibility of policing the world, instead defending its own borders while warmly welcoming guest workers and legal immigrants who carry their fair share of the burden of taxation in return for sharing the benefits of this great nation. I envision an America where people love their President, pray for him daily, and oppose him or her when their philosophies and policies inflate the power and role of government at the expense of the freedom of its citizenry. I hope for an America that will reward entrepreneurs and those who create jobs instead of punishing them with incentive-suppressing tax policies.
I pray for an America where politicians can be trusted and an America that realizes its greatness comes from its people, not from its government.
President-Elect Obama, my vision may differ from yours, but you will have my prayers during your tenure.
Congratulations on your historic victory, and may God bless America and you!"
Why don't you go share your vision too, and then cut and paste it into the comments below?
If I get a response from the Obama team on my vision, I'll post it in a future entry.
And a quote from Winston Churchill - The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.