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Posted by griffithd on October 27, 2018 at 11:50 AM

So America, are we looking in the mirror this morning?

Do we like what we see in our country?

Do we like what we hear from our leaders and the media?

Can you name the real values of America?

Can you name yours?

What the hell happened to the “us” in America, versus the “we” and the “them”?

What happened to the American Dream lifting all boats?

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to the United States Military Academy at West Point. I had the chance to meet and share a meal with several of the cadets. Fiercely bright, physically fit, focused young Americans willing to serve and I hope eventually lead not just our military, but all sectors of our country.

I am not worried about the next generation.

I am worried about the current one.

Martin Luther King wrote from the Birmingham jail:

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

Dr. King’s words still ring true. They ask all of us an uncomfortable question that we need to answer.

Silence does not move policy. Silence does not address the problematic issues of our times. Silence enables and encourages bad behavior.

It is time to look in the mirror, time to remind ourselves of our values as a nation and ask if our actions and our leadership match? Respond not to our emotions and self-interests, but to the facts and to our better nature that has defined the American experience.

It may not be comfortable, but it is time that we understand that our diversity is our core strength. That it is in our interest that the American dream is available for all and not just a myth. That we find, as our north star, solutions in our common ground and in all our national assets to address our challenges. That one’s self-interest includes your neighbors.

So America as you look in the mirror what do you see?

It is time not to be part of the appalling silence.




Speak, with courage, capacity, and will.

Categories: Leadership, Muddy Boots, Griffith Thoughts

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