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There have been so many “defining moments” in our nation’s history – every election today, for example, is proclaimed such – the term is more cliche than truth.
Our war for independence was obviously a defining moment – not solely for our country, but for the world, as it turned out. The Civil War – the election of Lincoln and the anti-slavery voice countering the growing power of the South.
Two world wars. The civil rights movement. We send a man to the moon. Those were genuinely defining moments.
In every case, we rose to the challenge and excelled. We shared in sacrifice. Made ends meet.
As trite as it may seem, the election of Barack Obama was less pivotal, perhaps, than the economic tumult we are in. Discussions about our recovery, though technically accurate, seem premature.
Our national debt, a war that no one wants to believe is a war – we could leave Afghanistan today and it wouldn’t change our enemy’s course – and the state of our states is, I believe, driving us into another defining moment. New Mexico’s a little microcosm of this perfect storm of events that may well ultimately define my generation as the one that brought this nation to its knees.
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