Yes We Can
Yes we can
History — of monumental proportion — was made last night. Now the work begins, and it is daunting. For many in the business community and its constituent industries, it might also offer an opportunity for renewal and progress.
There are opportunities to be created and realized under the coming administration, so maybe now is a good time to begin a quiet, serious discourse on the real issues that are important to the future. Despite the hyperbole of this campaign, it’s difficult to accept the notion that the new president is anti-business. Quite the contrary, it seems almost too obvious to have to say that he needs business.
Last night’s victory speech will likely be remembered for its eloquence and inspiration. Without trivializing its larger meaning or its place in history, I offer just a few lines here for their possibly underlined meaning to your business and to an industry that has been battered by change on a worldwide scale. They’re a reminder that there is good, meaningful change to be found.
So imagine, if you will, President-Elect Obama’s call to action to the business community, your home textiles industry. Yes, there’s more inspiration than substance. You, your colleagues and competitors will decide if, or how, his call is answered:
"This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.
"So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people…."
"For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow…."
"America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
"This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
"Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."
Love this president or loathe him; support him or oppose him — it’s time to begin the conversation.