Our country is at a defining moment. With a weak economy and a high unemployment rate that has bumped along for five years and traditional American values under assault by the Obama administration, the mainstream media and Hollywood, millions of American families across the country are feeling discouraged -- both financially and morally.
For many, the country they grew up in, the values they grew up with and the dreams they have dreamed seem to have disappeared. Families who once believed that they could accomplish anything they wanted as long as they were willing to work hard are feeling that no longer holds true. The defining moment we find ourselves in is a choice we have to make as a country. It's a choice between a big government, which gives us more and makes more decisions for us and accepts mediocrity, and a government that gives us the tools to choose ourselves, respects families and individuals, and believes you can do anything you set your mind to.
The re-election of President Barack Obama has set us down a clear path -- but it's not too late. It's not too late to change the path our country is on. We can restore the American dream for our country.
My organization, Patriot Voices, has asked many of you to share your dreams. We've asked many of you to describe the America you want to live in. And as we fight for you and for your dreams, we thought we'd share some of your own words. These are just a few from hundreds of dreams you've shared that inspire us to keep working and to keep fighting.
--I dream of an America where "everyone has the ability to fairly and freely pursue their happiness. That we have a limited federal government that has gone back to its true roots, where they are only enacting laws that support the success of the family unit and provide incentives for people to do the right thing, such as charitable work."
--"I dream of an America where I can keep most of the money my husband and I work so hard for, to build a future, to spend our later years helping others and enjoying our grandchildren. I dream of a future for my children and grandchild in a country that is free, where they can work hard and have a good life without government interference. I dream of an America our Founding Fathers labored and fought so hard for. I dream of an America that is one nation under God."
--"My American dream is restoring the USA to be a nation where faith, family, freedom and opportunity are protected, a place where we are truly One Nation Under God, a shining city on a hill."
Former Senator Rick Santorum is the author of Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works.
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