I often get caught up in all the negativity surrounding our troubled nation. All the entitlements, the unions, unemployment, pumping our currency to death, and the politicians who use their power in the wrong way– insider trading anyone?– but there is still greatness out there. I know it’s just a song, and it’s just a sport, but if you listen to the words and think about all the sacrifices that it took us to get to where we are, it becomes more than a sport or a song.
All the people who built NYC, dug the Eerie Canal, laid the railroads, fought the British, fought their brothers on opposite sides of the Mason Dixon, came west for the Gold Rush, went off to Europe and Japan to fight an enemy we never provoked, are pulling security in a dusty hole at high elevation in Afghanistan, throw themselves into burning buildings to help others, and who stay up all night trying to innovate and create, all are Americans.
This is manifest destiny, those who emigrated here were forced to adapt, and to overcome. They built businesses and families, with names like Bechtel. All the great powers of old, from Europe and elsewhere, could only watch, as those with the heart, desire, and determination, left their old countries, to come and try to make something of themselves.
Though we have grown much weaker, and a vast part of the populace are nothing but beggars, there are still those that only want to work hard and be great. All of you that do your own due diligence, staying up late to analyze charts, getting up early to listen to earnings calls, forgoing social lives in order to come up with your next great idea, you are manifest destiny.
There’s a reason why we strive for greatness, and I think this is our foundation. It’s further evident through our love of sport; the heart, the pain, and the hard work that go into competing at the highest levels, also go into being good at anything. Remember that the next time you see a young shortstop make a diving play, or a defensive tackle stop a RB on the 4 yard line.
Channel this into everything you do, listen to the Star Spangled Banner play within your mind, knowing that the flag is still– in fact –there. When’re you’re tired of looking at Bollinger bands, or looking through income statements, remember, this is what makes us great. When the rest of the world is sitting around being gluttons, we work hard, because that is what makes us who we are.
Go Giants, and short P, haha.