Diary

Era Of Platitudes And Foreboding

Anna, like a blind squirrel will occasionally get the nut.

Era Of Good Speaking
The atmosphere demands it, the American people need it. The Inaugural Address should be the first salvo by an orator in chief.

…no one really remembers any of the Inaugural speeches that have gone before. They remember snippets
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” which wasn’t actually Franklin Roosevelt’s but was added by his aide Louis Howe. “Ask not what your country can do for you,” [Kennedy] a kind of political Zen. –LINK

Which beckons me to a time gone by to a man who was a great orator, but more importantly, he was a great leader; Ronald Reagan. A speech, which when finished was not to inspire but to lead the nation out of the financial crisis it was in.

January 20th 1981

The business of our nation goes forward. These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people.

… You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams.

We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline.

So I too shall be waiting to see if we get platitudes of suffering and concessions to the government or a positive message of improving the lives of every American. I am not hopeful.