Marybeth Hicks

Culturally and politically, we have for months now been sending a dangerous signal to the next generation, and it may sap their ambition on the grounds of fiscal reality. Let’s face it, what squelches ambition more than generational public debt?

Yet this year’s crop of college freshmen begins its journey toward adulthood to the drumbeat of gloom and doom. Near daily headlines convince them they are unlikely to live as well as the parents who will foot the bill to send them on their way.

Sadly, as a culture we’re teaching young adults a tune called “Why Bother?”

Maybe reality will dictate that our children will of necessity learn to be content with a plate of pasta and a country song.

Then again, unless we encourage their personal ambition for something more – unless we keep alive the American spirit for personal achievement – they won’t ever have the chance to write their own lyrics. Instead, they’ll be singing ours.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).