Congressman Discusses America's Future
By Amanda Morad
December 5, 2012
Representative Mike Fitzpatrick
Visiting from one of the top swing districts in the nation, Pennsylvania's 8th district, Representative Mike Fitzpatrick recently joined Regent University's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at their monthly assembly as a special guest speaker. Fitzpatrick addressed the outlook of America's future before an audience of students, staff and faculty on Monday, Dec. 3.
"For the Founding Fathers, patriotism and faith were almost interchangeable," he said, observing that, although that seems less a reality today, it's still possible to love God and country.
"What makes our country exceptional is that we all have the freedom to pursue our own happiness and determine our own success," Fitzpatrick explained. He gave the example of Levittown, Pa., a small town in his district that is often considered the first modern suburban development. In the post-World War II economic boom, the town rose up to accommodate young families in the manufacturing industry.
"In that time, family values and hard work were top national priorities," he said of the town's success. Contrasting that with the present, Fitzpatrick claims something just isn't adding up. "Today's generation did what they were told would bring success ... but the checkbook isn't balancing," he said. The congressman explained that young people are getting the education they grew up being told was important for success, but are not being met with the opportunities they were promised.
"Some say they're losing faith in the American dream," Fitzpatrick said. "It is our job to restore their faith not only in this country, but in themselves and their ability to fulfill their God-given callings." The congressman urged students to look to President Abraham Lincoln as an example of a great American who had faith in God, faith in America, and faith in people.
As he took questions about the economy, faith in politics and the future of America, Fitzpatrick encouraged students to look to themselves and their families to bring about economic change. "If we think 535 congressional members can save this nation, I think we're mistaken. Change is right here with you," he said.
Fitzpatrick concluded the assembly with some advice for how individuals can help solve the economic issues of today: "Care for yourselves, care for others, and be the church," he said.
Held each month, the CAS assembly aims to provide students with the chance to hear from distinguished scholars in a variety of fields.
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