Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A glimmer of hope....

Sometimes it's easy to forget that our country has been through darker times than the one it's facing now, but a quick review of recent history reveals multiple recessions/depressions/wars/crashes. America has always emerged on the other side - hopefully stronger for the wear.

I am a bit of a cynic when it comes to politics. As such, you're not likely to find me engaging in heated political discussions - despite the bachelor's degree in political science. In fact, I avoid the topic altogether whenever possible - just ask my husband (loyal Glenn Beck fan that he is).

It is quotations like the one below, however, that remind me of how important it is for the leader of our country to be able to inspire and motivate our people to maintain faith and optimism in the face of the media's feeding frenzy of negativity and doom.

"This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days."

(Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933)

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