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In terms of culture, natural resources and vast potential for personal achievement, no other nation really comes close to America. Still, I'm very worried about our nation.
When you compare most of us today to the Greatest Generation, we don't fare too well.
For example, it's wonderful that the government can help some of us through hard times. But it isn't good that so many have come to depend on government handouts as a sole source of income.
We're fortunate that in times of high unemployment, the government can help with unemployment checks. But it's not good that many people didn't get serious about finding a job until they'd milked those payments dry.
And it's fantastic that the government can help a young mother with assistance until she can get back on her feet. But it isn't right that so many continue to have children they can't support because they assume the government will always come to the rescue.
These are issues of character, or the lack of it. And if we don't rediscover our character and get everyone back to giving their best instead of asking for the most, our future is frightful.
If history tells us anything, it's that ANY great nation can ultimately fail. And as long as integrity and personal responsibility keep taking a back seat to laziness and greed, I promise you, it can happen to the United States.