The new year needs to bring a new attitude for change

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | 11:41 a.m. CST; updated 8:27 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Rose Nolen

What’s going on in America?

Well, according to some folks, all the news is political. Primarily, it’s about the upcoming presidential campaign. I hope that people around the world don’t believe that report. In some countries we are viewed as frivolous, warmongering types in any case, but I don’t think most of us are that narrowly focused.

Those of us who rely on newspapers as our main news source probably have a lot more on our minds. While some of our leaders are talking about the possibility of a military confrontation with Iran, some of us are concerned about the army’s inability to meet its recruitment goals without lowering its standards. Many of the recruits require waivers in order to be accepted for service. The military obviously finds these individuals more acceptable for service than gay men or women. It will be interesting to see how that kind of information is recorded in the history books.

Another issue of interest concerns those who advocate multilingualism, which of course makes sense in our global environment. The thing is, most of these people want us all to learn Spanish in order to successfully communicate with many of our non-English speaking immigrants. Naturally, a lot of people resent that, believing that English is our national language and those who wish to become citizens of our country should learn our language. It seems to some of us that with all the problems we have in Muslim countries and our problems with Islamic terrorists, we should learn to speak Arabic languages so we can better communicate with people with whom we wish to make friends. It seems to me that learning those languages and cultures is infinitely more important than being able to tell somebody how to find the bread shelf in the supermarket.

And it would be a good idea, I think, if someone in the Beltway could tear himself away from the presidential polls long enough to consider setting up a diplomatic corps, consisting of gifted scholars from our colleges and universities who are experts in certain countries and cultures, and dispatching them to places where we need to develop good relationships. I am quite sure we have enough educated and resourceful Americans engaged in various disciplines who can run this country in a manner acceptable to a majority of the people.

We need a national committee of retirees from the manufacturing industry to teach us how to bring factories back into the United States and revive that area of the economy. A question these capitalists need to ask themselves is if all the jobs are sent overseas, how will Americans be able to afford to purchase their products?

I don’t know for sure, but I get the impression that the Chinese government doesn’t like us. I mean if we should all drop dead from eating toxic food and using toxic products, I don’t think they would hold a big memorial service. Obviously, the leaders of our government are still obsessed with that centuries-old myth, that everybody loves Americans.

I have no suggestions about how to deal with the health care or energy crises. There’s enough money being scooped up in those two industries that the Biggies in those fields can fund their own armies. We’ll need a steadfast president and an incorruptible Congress to solve those problems. I’m not sure we’ll ever be that lucky.

And of course, those who have the leisure and interest to spend their time worrying about the political candidates will obviously be following Santa Claus on his annual journey from the North Pole so they can uncover how many gifts he delivers to each candidate.

Most of us, however, will be hoping that the new year will bring about a big change in the attitudes of those in the position to lead the country. We can’t afford to wait for a national election. We need to have the people charged with making the decisions which affect us all to be in touch with the people they represent.

They need to remember that we are a government of the people and tell the lobbyists to butt out. Well, anyhow, we can always wish.

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