Sacrifice & Initiative
We [Israel] are not a "normal" nation and we are not going to get peace in the coming years. We are an abnormal nation in our neighborhood and in the world and will always remain so, as is our right. Our people must be ready to sacrifice for the survival of the state and the defense of our freedom to be abnormal. We need leadership that will tell the Israeli people that a struggle awaits us but that our democracy, our freedom, and our values give us the power of creative thought that will allow us to beat the dull forces of jihad that surround us.
On that note of sacrifice, Marc Schulman writes in criticism of the Bush Administration.
There's no better example of this compartmentalization than today's news that Hezbollah, armed with a massive infusion of cash from Iran, is distributing $12,000 to each Lebanese that lost a home to Israel's bombs. Without Iran's largess, this wouldn't be possible. Without a bloated treasury resulting from $70 oil, Iran couldn't afford to fund the reconstruction, through Hezbollah, of gutted Lebanese property. What has our government done to reduce demand for oil—and, therefore, oil's price? Nothing. To do otherwise would require sacrifice. And this no American politician is willing to ask for.
From a personal viewpoint, perhaps the greatest virtue of America - and the most identifiable American trait resulting from our unparalleled freedom and liberty - is a distinctly American sense of entrepreneurship and individual initiative.
Considering this, why would Americans wait for its oversized government for direction? We do not require its direction in other endeavors. We should not require it now.
By the People, Of the People, For the People.
Not 'To the People.'
Though difficult to ponder, perhaps it is time to shed my beloved 360 cubic inches of pure American rumbling masculinity. Not because feeding her appetite is expensive (trust me, it is), nor because my government does or does not encourage it. Perhaps simply because, in keeping with the finest of American traditions and virtues, it is my initiative to do so.