As entrepreneurs, we recognize the `destiny of self-government` and the sacred fire of ambition, dreams and the vision of accomplishing great things because we know we can.
The entrepreneur has his or her detractors. There are always those who are available at a moment`s notice to shovel discouragement in your path. There are always those available with a litany of reasons why you will not and simply can not succeed.
The message out of Washington is clearly that we, as a nation, can not do it by ourselves. The trumpet of big government has been sounded throughout the halls of Congress and through the West Wing of The White House. The idea that we can not take responsibility for our own destiny and that the government can do it better than we can do it ourselves has taken root. The belief that the government can protect us, nurture us, empower us and care for us better than we can for ourselves is the thinking of the day.
Our founding fathers, for whatever flaws they may of had in the establishment of our nation, carved this nation out of vision, blood, sweat and their dreams. They looked beyond the struggles of their present station in life, fought, bled and died for that which they believed and looked into the horizon. They saw a future where anything is possible for the individual who wants to be better, do better and who is determined to claim the future as their own.
As Ronald Reagan once said: "The future does not belong to the faint-hearted. It belongs to the brave". As the threat of terror and economic uncertainty dominate
our national life, we too must look beyond the present and into the horizon. We must face the challenges of the present, knowing full well that in the final analysis our destiny is not given, but rather it is made. We must be sensible that the American people can achieve great things against unbelievable odds and the entrepreneurial spirit, despite the current economic climate, burns like never before.
This takes courage and resolve. It requires us to look deep into ourselves, recognize our potential and dream dreams that never were. Then, through the imagination, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, we move forward.
We must brave the storm and stay the course. We must recognize the basic, foundational principles upon which this country was born, while recognizing that progress and change do not always go hand-in-hand.
We can do it as individuals and we can do it as a nation. We don`t need the government telling us what we can achieve and what we can`t. We must approach this era knowing full well that the final verdict will not be rendered by the media pundits or the political talking heads on the networks. The final verdict will be rendered by our children and the generations who will look back upon our efforts today with either pride or shame.
We must be resolved to leave them a legacy and a nation better than when it was placed in our charge.
Will Griffith, Chairman
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL