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What is America’s goal?

November 6, 2010

What is America’s goal?  What are we striving to achieve that we have not yet reached?  I believe this is an important discussion we need to have, because right now we are rudderless.  Here is a list of quotes from President Obama: [emphasis mine]

If it’s educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward.

There’s something about the American spirit -– inherent in the American spirit — we don’t hang on to the past. We always move forward

We’ve come to be consumed by a 24-hour, slash-and-burn, negative ad, bickering, small-minded politics that doesn’t move us forward.

My belief in terms of moving forward on the ethics legislation is that we’ve got some low-hanging fruit that we should take care of right away.

Instead, it is that American spirit – that American promise – that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain…

Many … are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust that has built up over the years. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward.

I believe in a two-party system where ideas are tested and assumptions are challenged — because that’s how we can move this country forward.

And despite all our divisions and disagreements, our hesitations and our fears, America prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, as one people.

While this is truly flowery prose, it leaves the big unanswered question.  Move forward to what?

Given the basic understanding of the political spectrum, forward is to the left, backward is to the right.  Okay, conservatives are again saddled with the negative connotation, fine.  But if we must move forward, can we not at least define when that progression will stop?  What is wrong with America that needs to be changed?  I am not asking a rhetorical question, I want to know.

This is a discussion we need to have.  Because most of us would say, almost everything in America needs to be changed.  Our economic system, our government, our schools, our tax code, our military, our foreign policy, our stance on terrorism.  All these things could b argued as “problems” in America, but if we can only move forward on such issues, then that leaves the views of  half of America off the table.

To be sure, this phrase is not limited to liberal usage only.  I just heard today on FOX the frequent use of this term in regards to the new congress.

Other phrases alluding to this undefined goal of America include, “we are making progress” and “fundamental change”.  Progress to what?  Fundamental change to what?  What are we trying to achieve?

I am not suggesting these are goals that shouldn’t be striven for, I just want to know what the goals are.  How is America supposed to get behind an idea and support it if we don’t know what the idea is?

Of course, we will never have this discussion, because the unstated goal is one quite unpalatable to most of America.  It involves a lot of -isms that we as a people vehemently oppose.  Isn’t that the real problem?

We accept these phrases of “moving forward” and “making progress” but we do not associate what such phrases mean, and how we are giving up our country by accepting them.  We need to call out these people who use such phrases and ask them, straight and boldly, “What are we moving forward to?”  The answer will be frightening if we ever get it.

What is America’s goal?  I think we achieved it a long time ago.  It has been muddied, mugged and mangled ever since.  Conservatives need to pick it up out of the mud, wipe it off and hold it high on our shoulders.  We need to support our goal loudly and proudly every chance we can get.  The Tea Party does this, the rest of us need to join in.

America’s goal, leave us the hell alone.  Leave my employer the hell alone.  Allow me to make decisions in my life that may actually prove to be disastrous, and then let me fail.  My life is my responsibility, and I have the right to live it how I want, not at the whim of some government official who has never even met me.

If “moving forward” will take us to America’s true goal, then let’s have at it.  Otherwise tell us where we are going, and let us decide if that is where we want to end up.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2010 2:19 pm

    I have a visual representation of where blindly moving forward will get us:

    http://sportspostersmall.com/posters/buffalo_herd_driven_off_a_cliff_by_native_americans_on_horseback_4233150.html

    • November 6, 2010 2:33 pm

      Ahh, nice one. At least it wasn’t little sheepys.

  2. JustFacts permalink
    November 6, 2010 8:46 pm

    Actually I think the words Move Forward are just the newest buzz words. They sound positive and evoke a good feeling. It’s just marketing. See, even MSNBC has co-opted them in their new network motto Lean Forward. It’s just like our discussion of yesterday in What we could buy with QE2.. It’s just like replacing “liberal” with “progressive.” “Liberal” has developed a negative connotation, so the left co-opted the term “progressive,” because it sounds better and has a better image.

    Ever onward and upward. Keep your chin up. Move/Lean Forward. Just words with no meaning.

    • November 6, 2010 8:54 pm

      I deleted you first comment. For some reason, wordpress is calling you spam, that’s probably why you commented twice.

      I don’t know if that is right, what did “move forward” replace? The president is dead set on moving us toward something, I just want to know what it is. Well, I already know what it is, I just want him to state it.

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