It's time to reach down and find the strength to do more. It's time to build a brick wall and hold off legislation that undermines the values of the American people and infuses our lives with government programs.
Don't ever say you can't -- say you can. Don't let them wear you down.
We can say no to programs we cannot fund. We can say let's fix what does not work before expanding programs that do not work.
Yes, we can.
Chronic Political Fatigue Syndrome -- it is spreading. City, county and state government budget issues are daily headlines, as is 24-hour coverage of health care "reform," financial regulation "reform," cap-and-trade policies, unemployment benefits, terrorism trials, ethics charges, resigning committee members, resigning congressmen, palace intrigue and so on.
If the goal is to try to do so many things and move so many stories forward that everyone is so confused and exhausted that they give up, the Democratic Party might be winning.
We cannot break.
"I urge every American who wants this reform to make their voice heard. ... I want you to stand with me and fight with me," said President Barack Obama during his speech Monday at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. "And I ask you to help us get us over the finish line these next few weeks."
He wants to fight to get over the finish line.
Our goal is to hold the line. We have to try.
I saw the lesson of "Yes, we can" reinforced twice on Tuesday. The first time was during my 8-year-old son's karate class. "Don't say 'I can't,' say 'I'll try,'" the instructor said. The lesson was: If you don't believe, you cannot achieve. Belief leads to work; work leads to achievement.
The second time was when my 10-year-old daughter tried to convince me that she could not swallow a pill. She had convinced herself. After a showdown, where, not surprisingly, she did not swallow the pill, she went to her room. I was mad, and she knew it -- not about the pill, but about how she had let her belief determine the outcome.
A few minutes later, when we had both calmed down enough to chat, I told her failure was OK, but not trying was not.
It's important to do our very best.
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