Hallelujah is an admission that only something better than our political system can renew our hope. We want to hold on to the sense of a nation that is bigger than the sum of its parts, but we recognize our future is in the hands of mortally wounded leaders who fail to see the forest for the trees. I hope we rediscover a nation for all, not winner-take-all, hallelujah.
Our challenge is to change our refrain of hallelujahs from notes of capitulation to redemption and then to celebration and triumph.
You may not know if there’s a god above,
Or whether we have done enough,
To renew our faith in America, do ya?
But we all know one thing for sure,
Our nation can attain a greater plateau
Than this cold and heartless hallelujah.
Hallelujah 2012, Hallelujah 2013
Colin Read contributors to Bloomberg.com and has published eight books with MacMillan Palgrave Press. He chairs the Department of Finance and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh.