We--meaning government, business, consumers, the American public--are all in this for the long haul. Short-term profits and rewards and short-sighted interests more and more often must give way to long-term responsibility and commitment. We cannot afford to play as though we need to win or lose only one game.
This, I believe, is one of the lessons of the late twentieth century and its enormous upheavals, disasters, promises, and hopes. As proponents of the free marketplace, of liberty, of opportunity, and of individual and social responsibility, we Americans have an obligation to learn this lesson as we move forward into the next century.