The Governor's 'State of' speech tonite had interesting messages, some clear and direct, some not really so obvious. The chief example of the latter is this:
"Michigan must do as any successful business does. To compete, we need to capitalize on our natural advantages. For us, it's our geography and our history."
This passage came in the middle of a discussion about how "wind, water, woods" will help diversify the new economy in the State. That's the geography reference. What does the reference to "our history" mean? It appears to mean our "auto ingenuity", for that's the phrase that comes right after "our history".
Our history a natural advantage? Actually, that's a statement susceptible of many meanings, far beyond the notion that we are (or were) the auto capital of the world. Perhaps hidden in the speech is a subliminal urging of Michiganders to recognize their history, to revisualize it as an asset in these difficult times, to embrace it rather than ignore it. If so, sign this blogger up.
At the conclusion came this appropriate challenge: "When history is written, it will say that this decade of economic turmoil was among the toughest any state had to face in generations. And we need to ask ourselves, how will that history judge us?"
I hope that generations will render a positive judgment, as they, better than we today, embrace full appreciation of the Great Lake State's legacy.