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Thursday, June 24, 2010
I was bored last night so I watched "Wall Street". I recalled the way things were back in 1985. A lot of issues brought up in this movie are just as relevant today. This movie could use a sequel. After all, It would be interesting to see what Bud Fox, and Gordon Gekko have been up to during the last 23 years.
During the infamous "Greed is Good" speech, Gekko made an interesting reference to "accountability". When America was becoming an economic world power, the people that brought that about were held accountable. They had a stake in what was going on because they were risking their own money as well as reputation on their enterprise. Henry Ford made quality Job #1 because it was his name on the company and the factory, as well as the car, he also had his fortune riding on that car's success. His great grandson, Bill Ford has a lot to live up to, and it would appear that he's doing a pretty fair job of it. The only difference is that he only has 10%of the stock in the company as opposed to the absolute control that the old man did. Also, times have changed. Things like reputation and accountability just aren't as important as they used to be to people. Made in America doesn't mean what it used to. Being an American used to be something to be proud of. Here lately the media, and even it's leaders have acted like it's something to be ashamed of. When I hear "The Star Spangled Banner" or "God Bless America" or even just see this great country's flag flying overhead, it does something to me. I remember what our founding fathers went through to break away from the tyrannical government and form this Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. God has blessed this nation of ours with so much and given Lady Liberty a light through the night to guide us into a better way. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was just an idea that some politicians had until the minutemen made that idea word in practice as well as in theory. People wring their hands and cry about how "the world hates us". Of course the world hates us! We're free and they are not! Obama went on what was called an "Apology Tour" last year. Instead of apologizing for our great blessings, he should celebrate them. Our freedom gives us the chance to be anything we want and do anything we want so long as we don't tread on someone Else's liberty.
Instead of that $14 Trillion to get this country out of the mess it's in, we need to hold our leaders accountable for everything that has gone wrong and take steps to fix it. We also need to hold ourselves accountable if this doesn't get done. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen. God Blessed America because America blessed God. It's time she did it again!

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