I have been telling you about the You Are Not Alone project and the Nine Principles — principles that have made this country great.
I didn't pull these out of thin air. I borrowed from scripture. I got them from the Founding Fathers. And honestly, a lot of these principles are just common sense.
This is not a partisan thing. This is not about elephant or donkey, liberal or conservative. This is about Americans making their voices heard.
Now it is time for Step 2 and we add the 12 Values.
• Hard work
• Personal responsibility
These 12 Values, coupled with the Nine Principles -- and I'm telling you we can solve any problem.
You know, our problem right now is we're looking to Washington to solve everything for us. And then, "Oh, we've got to bail all these banks out. We've got to do this. We've got to do that."
We're making decisions so rapidly right now and we're not pegged to any principles. We're not pegged to any values.
I think the problem that we are suffering from is greed and envy and a lack of honesty. So how do we solve that? The values and the principles will solve everything for us. We can figure out anything.
Reverence: Do we have real reverence in America anymore? Are people quiet? Are they listening to the small, still voice ever? Do you ponder things?
Thrift: That was one of Benjamin Franklin's biggest things, thrift. Do we do that? Are we are thrifty on anything anymore? We live in a disposable society and it shows in the way we treat our environment to our stuff. We just get another one. It's time to change that habit.
Personal responsibility: My gosh, I'm responsible for me and you're responsible for you. We'll help each other out. But I'm responsible. And you know what? This goes all the way to the biggest problems that we have.
Everybody is blaming Madoff or the bankers or Wall Street or Washington. But you know what? You know who ultimately is responsible for everything that we're going through? Us. We, the people.
It really is, in many ways, our fault, because we have un-pegged from principles and values.