"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Paradigm Shift

Late in the 20th century, there were questions over whether we would experience a paradigm shift, away from the industrial age, and into the 'information age.' Today, with the first decade of the 21st century already coming to a close, we no longer ask "if" but "when." The answer is "now." It is inevitable that this nation will face some tough challenges, as we move forward, but we can look back to the historical precedents of other great shifts in our nation's history to take great comfort in where we're headed.

In 1900, about half of all Americans were farmers or involved in agriculture. By 2000 only 1-2% of Americans were farmers or agricultural workers, yet we produce more food per capita than we ever have. We shifted from an agricultural nation to an industrial superpower, and in the process changed the face of liberty not only at home, but abroad. Our industrial might helped us to help our free-thinking allies fight off, and defeat tyrannical dictators, while we were able to prosper at home. Although we have faced some hard times, we have never failed to overcome them. We won't fail now.

We face some stark new realities that are unique to our time, yet we have the national will, and the know-how to tackle the problems we face. We are moving towards an information age, and we are already starting to feel the growing pains. We cannot simply continue to be loose with credit, or let politics play 'Piper' to principles. It has to be the other way around. I'm looking for a candidate that puts principles and country first, and I've found the best option in John McCain. "Change" can't be an empty slogan, but rather a call to action. When the paradigm shift hits full swing, we don't want to be printing money to add to our national debt, because we couldn't cut a pork-barrel program, or because businesses found a better deal in foreign lands. We need to pay off our debt, and start saving. We need to educate our workforce, and simultaneously defend our homeland. We need something new. We need some good common sense.

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." -- Albert Einstein

Now, I'll leave you with a fairly popular presentation that demonstrates some of the realities in this new global economy...shift happens.

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