Remember that one time last week when we all made New Year’s resolutions? Raise a hand if you’ve gained weight instead of losing it. Or didn’t stop drinking at 12:00 AM on 1st January. I, for one, haven’t taken out the rubbish and I bet you’re still late for work every morning. Don’t feel bad. Everyone expects resolutions to fail, anyway. Why should this year be any different? It’s too much work for you to change.
Speaking of… Remember that one time last year when Obama spoke of change? Change in Washington. Change in the government. But most importantly: change in America. Funny that. Because that’s who you are, America. That’s you, there on Aisle 16 of Wal-Mart. You shopping at REI and Trader Joe’s. YOU! Spilling Bud Light on your Cowboys jersey last Sunday night. Have you changed? Or are you still waiting for the government to do it for you?
While Obama struggles against failing approval ratings and Congress still barks at each other across the floor, you, America, refuse to change. You still expect the government to make your life better with little to no exertion on your part. You voted for change, but have you lived up to your end of the bargain? You rallied together and voted an historic man into office, and now you’ve sat your rotund bum back on the couch and wait for all your worries to end.
Sorry, kids, doesn’t work like that. I think there’s a saying: Change comes from within? Maybe I’m making it up, but it sounds good. If you want change in Washington, then you too have to change, America. As Obama was inaugurated, he said this:
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
Ironically, in our prosperity and freedom, we have begun to prefer leisure over work. Our heroes are the rich and famous. We value material wealth over moral integrity. Nearly a year ago, the President asked us to change. He asked us to make a resolution. Have you?