This is the greatest time to be an American citizen. Right now is a turning point in our history and everyone seems to know it, but can't recognize what it really is. The federal government has hit the apex of it's growth, meaning this is the largest it will ever get. So now we the people are going to redefine what the federal government is and what it is supposed to do, with the way we fund it. It's not going to be easy, more people than not on Wall Street and in the government are going to fight to keep the status quo, at the very least. We are going to redefine what roll our military is going to take in the world by our budget decisions. By discussing immigration in the forms we have, (changing the 14th ammendment), and with the bail out of big business, and allowing big business to spend liberally on political campaigns, it appears we are also redefing what America really is, now. I expect passions to run high on both sides, and I expect the worse from people for the best of intensions. We need a political leader to stand up and take charge, we don't need Rah, Rah guy (Obama), we don't need a grandfather (McCain), we don't need a mother (Palin),and we don't need a preacher (Huckabee). We don't need a liberal or a Conservative or any other such thing. We need a worker to get things done. I don't know where he/she will come from, but ordinary people put into extraordinary situations can accomplish great things. With all these world events involving uprisings of the people, I believe the time we are in now, is crucial. It's been awhile since we have had a redefing world conflict such as WW II, and if not handled right WW III could be just around the corner. The stakes are high but then again so are the rewards. 99.5 %(give or take), of the population will never be individually remembered by history. What history remembers is what civilizations accomplished. This is how we, the vast majority of the people, are going to leave our mark. So that is why we must take our responsibilities as citizens very seriously, and don't just leave civics class up to the teachers. Participation is the key no matter what the side. This is by far the best time to alive, and participating.