It is hard to imagine that we can have a better America in 2010 with all the things that got worse in 2009. The economy got worse. The unemployment rate got much worse. The war in Afghanistan got worse. The national debt got much worse. The annual deficit got worse. The general attitude of the American people got worse. The favorability of Congress got much worse. And the president's favorability ratings got much worse.
But we can have a better 2010 than 2009, and here's how.
First, remember the words of the Declaration of Independence:
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."
We have some altering and abolishing to do to make 2010 better than 2009.
It concludes at the ballot box in November 2010. It starts with people getting informed, engaged, involved and energized about the issues, the solutions, the deceptions and the lies about what is being forced onto the American people.
I know this is the "season for the reason" for being thankful, and we are. But we have to do some things differently in 2010 to keep this country as the greatest country in the world.
Thomas Jefferson said, "The American people won't make a mistake, if they are given all of the facts." President Ronald Reagan also reminded us of that truth.
That's what the tea party rallies, conferences and demonstration bus tours are all about. That's what the public anger and outrage is all about, even though the president and the Democratic leadership are ignoring it. People are learning the facts and the truth.
This time the people will remember in November.
Long-time politicians are used to voters having short memories or no memories at all about broken promises, or selling their legislative votes for pork project favors. But voters no longer have to depend on the bias of the broadcast media for their information. The explosion of Internet information has produced the narrowcast media (coined by Dr. Frank Luntz in his book "Words that Work"), which voters are using more and more to learn and remember the truth.
They will remember that the Cap & Trade & Tax & Kill bill was passed in 2009 without any members of Congress actually reading the legislation. People will remember that the health-care deform legislation passed in both houses of Congress was a blatant attempt to confiscate and, ultimately, control our lives from cradle to grave.
Secondly, no matter how much we think we are already involved in making our opinions known to members of Congress and the president, we must all crank it up a notch, to borrow a phrase from the famous chef, Emeril Lagasse.
Some of us need to run for office. Some of us need to join an organization that represents our views and opinions about the direction of the country. Some of us need to just simply wake up and pay attention to what's really happening.
Lastly, America is not going down without a fight, and we are not going down. We never have, and we never will. The president and Congress want us to believe that the worst legislations of the century are a done deal. They are not.
In the world of opera, it is said that it's not over until the fat lady sings. The fat lady will be singing for the voters in November 2010.
Herman Cain is currently a radio talk-show host. "The Herman Cain Show," News Talk 750 WSB-Atlanta, airs Monday-Friday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. EST (listen LIVE online). He is a former corporate executive and CEO, and still serves on the board of directors of three corporations that range in size from 4 to 16 billion dollars in annual revenue. His latest book, "They Think You're Stupid," was inspired following his 2004 run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican in Georgia. You can also hear and see "The Best of Herman Cain" anytime.