think many self proclaimed
patriots will actually end up voting for spineless incumbents
rather than for lesser known candidates who, unlike the
incumbents, would actually use their offices to protect and
defend the Constitution if they had the chance.
get out of the mess we're in, ordinary citizens will have to
have as much character, vision, and courage as we wish our representatives had. It's every citizen's responsibility to do
the hard work of developing his or her own character, vision, and
courage. There is no honor in expecting the people we put in
office to have more integrity than we do.
There are no easy answers, but there are simple ones… If we really want a government of, by and for the People,
need to have enough integrity and strength of character to
actually stand for and vote for what we say we believe in.
If we don't want our representatives to compromise their
integrity when they get in office, then we shouldn't
compromise ours when we go about putting them there. And the
truth is, if we compromise our integrity in our daily lives,
no doubt our political inclinations will lack integrity as well.
If we really want to make a difference, we might try doing
the hard personal work of realigning our attitudes and
behavior in such a way that they are fully consistent with our stated values.
When most people ask, "But what can I do?" All too
often what they are really asking is, "What can I do that
won't require me to be uncomfortable or take a risk?" And
so they satisfy themselves with making gestures... like
writing letters to representatives who have already
demonstrated quite clearly that they have neither the courage
nor the vision to honor the offices they hold. If they need
your letter for advice or courage when it comes to defending
the Constitution, then they really don't belong
there. Why not use your energy to find and support someone who
is really qualified to replace them instead.
It's no wonder that so much political activity and effort
makes so little difference to the folks who hold the reigns of
power. They are so smug, having absolute faith in our
perpetual timidity. The power they hold would belong to us if
we had the courage to take it back. All we need to do is
believe in the power of the truth… and then live it.
If we would only believe in ourselves…
Sorry, but like I said: The answers are simple; they just
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