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20th January
2009
written by Sean Noble

We live in the greatest nation on earth.  Unfortunately, not everyone thinks so.  I have spent a lot of time talking to high school students – usually senior government classes – about politics and public policy.  I always start the class the same way – asking a question.  “Who here believes that the United States of America is the greatest nation on earth?”  It is always disappointing when fewer than half the hands go up.

Tens of millions of Americans today think that America is the greatest nation on earth.  Many of them may not have thought that before Nov. 4, 2008 and the election of Barack Obama.  But, with luck, their newfound hope will not be temporary.

This great land of ours, America, has withstood the test of time.  Yes, I worry about what President Barack Obama may do and the policies he may pursue, but this country is bigger than any one individual, even a President. 

This historic day got me thinking about an essay I wrote last year.  It hasn’t been widely read, but I thought I’d put it on the Deep Thinking portion of the blog.  I hope you enjoy it.

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3 Comments

  1. Kelley
    20/01/2009

    It’s bittersweet here in DC today. For as much as I disagree with our very-soon-to-be President’s policies, I can’t help but be moved by the excitement in the air. People really are proud of our country right now, and that’s a great feeling to be surrounded by.

  2. 20/01/2009

    Today is certainly the beginning of something. What that is remains to be seen. I, like Sean, hope my expectations of our President are exceeded. It is clear President Obama is very intelligent, and I hope his will also prove to be wise.

    Great blog Sean!

  3. Michel
    20/01/2009

    Our country’s not even three centuries old yet; not sure what you measured for standing the test of time.

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