Regrettably, most of our elected officials want the federal government to inherit what we have built instead of you and your generation. The folks in Washington do not seem to know that most of us work hard so our children and grandchildren will have greater opportunities than we had. Perhaps we can start fixing this problem when we go to the polls in November.
As you were being born, our president was in the Oval Office at the White House giving a speech to the American people -- his second since he's been there. You and your mom were busy and couldn't listen. You didn't miss much.
His 19-minute speech was supposed to be about the end of combat operations in Iraq, but that was false advertising. Instead, Mr. Obama talked about nearly everything else under the sun. He was kind enough to mention his predecessor, President George W. Bush, and thanked our brave troops and their families for the sacrifices they made in Mesopotamia. But sadly, he couldn't keep from blaming Mr. Bush for the war, our currently deplorable economy or the 9.5 percent unemployment rate.
When you are able to vote, please try to do better. Encourage your friends to cast their ballots for a president who knows who our enemies are. Vote for a person who is unafraid to define victory in war and offer realistic goals for peace. Elect a head of state who won't bow to foreign potentates, apologize for our country or send our troops off to fight while simultaneously setting a date for withdrawing them.
Sarah Jane, I know this is a pretty full plate for someone so young and small. The good news is that you were born this week in a land that has been blessed with bounty beyond measure, in a country with the most diverse, prosperous and generous population on earth. Your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all know their Lord and Savior -- and are unafraid to sing his praises. That's a pretty good start on a bright future. Meanwhile, I will keep praying.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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