Epitaph for the USA: We Pondered Everything Without Resolution

November 21, 2011

No, I am not in a good mood today. The stock market is down several hundred points. Congress has once again proven to be the playground of petulant children.  We're in the dark and it only seems to be getting darker.

As I have noted before, some fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy, spoke of accomplishment rather than debate. In a speech at Rice University, Houston in 1962, he issued this challenge: 

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.   

It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear as among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency.   

Sadly, America's Can Do spirit has become a museum piece, displayed in a case with long-ago collected moon rocks. We stand on the shore, a wet finger forever raised to find the wind - but we never set sail.  Whatever happened to high gear in America? 

Once more, in the 21st Century, America's best and brightest can't rise above politics, can't find common ground.  The latest in a growing string of failures is the so-called Congressional Super Committee that wasn't so super and couldn't  find a way to do what's best for an ailing nation.

Instead of leadership and an agenda, we have surrendered our nation to one group of citizens playing dress-up as wannabe Minute Men, and another group of superannuated Hippies and mask-wearing drum beaters.  A costume ball of demagoguery.

Perhaps I said it best a few years ago in At The Head Of The Roundtable. (by Bill Singer, October 2, 2009):   

Once upon a time, kings made decisions at the risk of losing their heads and kingdoms. In olden days, rulers didn't take polls, they didn't waste time with self-serving panels-those in power wielded power. My, what a novel concept! You're hired to do a job and you do your own homework, make your own decisions and put your reputation on the line. You take personal responsibility for your actions.

We have become a nation that ponders everything without resolution. No one is in charge of anything. Our lives are run by committee-or Roundtable. It is a nightmare of debates and discussions that go on endlessly.