But we can still drive from sea to shining sea without having to go through Checkpoint Charlie. And we can still buy groceries 24 hours a day to fill those refrigerators and freezers that are already full. We can still talk to our grandchildren about a future uncertain, because it is still a future of hope.
It's not about Anna Nicole's baby's daddy. It's not about the next American Idol. It's not about global warming. It's not about how many times a presidential candidate has been married, or how much money they have raised for their campaign.
It's about leadership. The United States of America is beautiful and great because of its historical leadership during its most challenging times. We now face similar challenges with national security, keeping the economy strong, replacing the tax code, restructuring Social Security and Medicare and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
America the Beautiful is also about the will of the people. The ugly reality is that some elected officials have hijacked the will of the American people with deception, lies, unrealistic promises and a total lack of leadership.
Sometimes it takes a long time for people to figure out who's telling the truth, and who the real leaders are, because of so much information and misinformation. But eventually, enough people will figure it out. And even though we will never be able to completely silence the ugly crowd with reality, they will eventually become a mere whisper.
Now that's a beautiful thing!
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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