Open Letter to My Fellow Americans
by George Washington
It is time to stop living like a nation of young brothers believing that the “unseen hand” of capitalism will make everything right. It is time to stop living like a nation of young sisters who believe that daddy will make sure that we all ride into the sunset and live the Hollywood, happy ending.
It is time to grow up and take responsibility for our own destiny.
Remember the story of the guy who is in a flood? He prays to God to save him. Then a neighbor shouts from his rooftop “Here’s a rope — grab on!”. The guy responds “no, God will save me”. Then someone in a rowboat rows by shouting “get in!” The guy responds “no, God will save me”. Finally a helicopter flies by, but the guy waives it away, saying “no, God will save me”. The guy drowns and goes to Heaven. St. Peter says “why are you here?” The guy responds “I was waiting for God to save me!” St. Peter said “we sent you a rope, a rowboat and a helicopter … what were you waiting for?!”
We can’t be like this guy. We’ve got free will, intelligence, imagination, a mouth and ears to communicate with, and hands to work with.
If we don’t use them to solve our problems and create a better place to live in, we will be like the guy who drowns in the flood.
It is time to grow up and take responsibility for ourselves. WE have to figure out what we as a people and a nation want, and how we are going to get there.
Grow up or blow up: its our choice.