To dream the impossible dream…To try when your arms are too weary…To fight for the right without question or pause…The world will be better for this….” – Man of La Mancha
For many of you those lyrics from the wonderful, award winning musical may seem all too jarring in these gray economic and political days. They certainly struck a startling chord in me as I sat with friends the other night, delighted once again watching that inspiring musical.
The slowest, most uninspiring economic recovery since 1949 seems all but inevitable to continue at least well into next year. The political paralysis that has kept this country in the financial doldrums for far too long seems no closer to resolution so long as our entirely irresponsible government players, from the White House to the Congress and on into our regulatory agencies, remain in place.
But as I sat listening to the most popular song from that show, I couldn’t help but question why breaking our political gridlock and creating and implementing a sensible economic stimulus program needs to be an impossible dream. The flip side of this pessimistic coin, after all, is the headline for this piece. It is attributed to different branches of our military, from the Marines on Iwo Jima to the Army Corps of Engineers carving airfields under fire to support our victories in the Second World War. It is featured on the National Seabee Memorial in Arlington, Va. It calls us to throw off cynicism and pessimism and lethargy and fear, just as the La Mancha lyrics do, and get to work.
But it is not enough for all us to simply show up at the polls. We must show up well informed and voting for those candidates who understand solutions and the compromises necessary to put those solutions in place.
Why should economic growth, especially for those of us in the industrial metals supply chain, be an impossible dream? And why should we accept it? I want to say right here, that we at MSCI cannot and do not and will not accept it.
That is why we as leaders in our community of companies will continue to advocate tirelessly for the policies we believe will liberate this country’s hog-tied economy. It is why we call on all of you to join our membership-wide Get Out The Vote campaign, to understand our policy positions, and to work with and for those candidates who are willing to work with us.
But it is not enough for all us to simply show up at the polls. We must show up well informed and voting for those candidates who understand solutions and the compromises necessary to put those solutions in place. We simply can no longer tolerate federal, state and local politicians who refuse to do their jobs out of selfish or misguided motives. We must look to those candidates willing to put this nation, this industry, before their own special interests and job prospects.
Talk to the men and women you think will serve the common good, the public interest, and the economic progress of the nation as a whole. Choose those candidates who convince you they are willing to govern, to do the jobs we pay them to do. Understand their positions on the issues that matter to our industry. Invite them to your workplaces, get involved with them. Get Out The Vote and elect them to office.
Intelligent governance and economic progress must not be an impossible dream. As Nelson Mandela said “It always seems impossible until it is done.”