America’s Long Dark Shadow

When considering the state of our nation’s economy and the uncertainty surrounding the new unfunded healthcare entitlement and where our country is headed, it is important that we focus on what is real. In this case, the tree that represents our government and the leaders we elect to guide us into the future so that our children and grandchildren will have a brighter and more prosperous future.

Entitlement programs don’t grow on trees, just their shadows

By Leonard Curry

On the heels of the healthcare vote and the economic uncertainty facing our country, I am reminded of an insightful quote from Abraham Lincoln: 

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it – the real thing is the tree.”

When considering the state of our nation’s economy and the uncertainty surrounding the new unfunded healthcare entitlement and where our country is headed, it is important that we focus on what is real. In this case, the tree that represents our government and the leaders we elect to guide us into the future so that our children and grandchildren will have a brighter and more prosperous future.

Like a shadow from an old oak tree on a hot summer’s day providing a brief reprieve from the noon-day sun, lately our nation (and that is us – “We the People”) have been all too focused on the effects of shadows cast upon us rather than thinking about the tree.

We have lost sight of the fact that the shadow moves and constantly changes with the sun, the seasons, and for half of the day, it doesn’t appear at all.

The tree on the other hand is ever-lasting – so long as you take care of it. You have to invest in fertilizer from time-to-time, and give it the water it needs, and occasionally, you have to do something risky like climb on a ladder with a saw in hand and prune some of the dying branches. But if you take good care of a tree, it will cast its shadow for years to come.

Our government represents that old tree. Our politicians who run the government are merely the shadows protecting us from the day’s sun.

The question is will the tree be there tomorrow and the next day?

Will we get out from the shadow and take care of the tree. Or will we continue to feel good for the moment and let some other generation worry about pruning, watering, fertilizing, and planting new trees?

I for one say let’s take care of the tree now. We owe it to future generations to leave behind a legacy of hope and opportunity, not one saddled with debt, deficits, and taxes that will lead to a lower standard of living.

As we move toward the elections of 2010 and beyond, let’s work to elect principled candidates who are more concerned with the long-term health of the tree than they are just guiding us to stand in its shadow.

Let’s work to protect what is real and work toward making the hard choices our country needs rather than just telling people what they want to hear.

That’s change I can believe in.

Leonard Curry is the president of ICX Group of Jacksonville and is the chairman of the Duval County Republican Party. E-mail him at: ‘leonard.curry@icxgroup.com’

4 thoughts on “America’s Long Dark Shadow”

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  2. What really frustrates me about this health care crap is it’s the same ploy they used to gain control of the financial industry.

    Force bankers to write loans to people who can’t pay it back, then when it inevitably collapses ride in on a white horse and “save the day” while taking control.

    Now force health insurance companies to cover write policies that will lose money, a few years down the rode when it inevitably collapses ride in to “save the day” and take over health care once and for all….

    This way they get a single payer system without the stigma of “taking it over”….

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  3. The news people keep referring to ObamaCare as “healthcare entitlement.” Although I suppose that is true for the unemployed and indigent, for the rest of us it is a “healthcare burden.”

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  4. Very well said. It’s time for America to not only vote but know who they are voting for, what they truly stand for and know the issues we face. The 2008 anybody but “Bush” vote is now leading this Great Nation down the path of “Socialism” and we must stop this Train before it’s too late. Think of how many Brave men and women lost their lives, have been severely wounded in action and sacrificed in the name of Democracy —- it’s a sad thing to see the direction our Government is taking us in, however I believe the sleeping Giant has awoken — “We The People!”

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