Thursday, January 01, 2009

A Thought for the New Year

Instapundit links to a post by blogger Fabius Maximus, who contributes this pearl of wisdom for the new year:
As we start a New Year I find it useful to review my core beliefs. It is easy to lose sight of those amidst the clatter of daily events. Here is my list:
1. We are a people with a great past.
2. The challenges ahead are no greater than those behind us.
3. The American people can surmount these challenges if we work together.
4. We will be what we wish to be, if we but make the necessary effort.
I can't argue with that too much (though some of his commenters do--everything from splitting hairs to outright disagreement, especially on the "work together" part, though Fabius makes it clear that he does not mean "working together under the government").

There's been a lot of talk about what a horrible year 2008 was for many people, but, from where I sit, a lot of good things happened. Sure, if you read the newspaper, you might think our nation is going to hell in a handbasket, But while I won't deny that there are challenges ahead, I believe in the people of this nation--especially the strong-willed, individualistic, entrepreneurial types who are the true backbone of our society. It's going to take a while to show some of the others that government isn't the answer to everything--indeed, it's not the answer to very many things at all--but it will be a lesson well learned in time.

May 2009 be a year of joy and good health, surrounded by friends and family who love you.

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