Thursday, March 15, 2012

A more perfect union....

I have been watching the coverage of politics both at a state and national level in recent weeks. I must confess that many times I have been saddened by the choices made by those who are - in theory at least - supposed to represent me. There are times I have wondered if the system of government we abide by can withstand the machinations of the vocal few while the silent majority sits by without taking a stand. It seems nearly hopeless at times.

But, while we are in the midst of the political upheaval, turmoil, and disagreements I think sometimes we forget how truly remarkable our country is. We forget that one summer and fall more than 200 years ago a group of men from divergent backgrounds, beliefs, and temperaments met together and fashioned a document that has withstood the test of time.

There were disagreements over many issues when this country was founded, just as there are now, but somehow the Founders found a way to work together to create something that alone none of them could have created. They put the good of the country above their pride and differences.

Were the men perfect? Not hardly. 
Was the document perfect? No. But, what type of government is without flaws?

Given all this, it is amazing that our system of government functions as well as it does. The key to the proper governing is when ordinary citizens get involved in making their voices heard and not letting them be drowned out by the fringe elements on either side of the political spectrum.

I hope we will all do our part to ensure that the sun mentioned by Benjamin Franklin is indeed a rising and not a setting sun upon our country. 

Our part might be by attending cacaus meetings and asking questions, making comments, and choosing those we feel would best serve. It might happen by spending time simply being a parent and and answering questions, or supporting a child's activities. It might be being an educator and guiding young minds, giving them the power to think for themselves and make good choices in any situation. Whatever it is, we all have a part to play and we need to be involved.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I wish our system was a little "more perfect", but the title alone tells us it never was "perfect". It was just a "more" perfect union.
    May our leaders remember this and we, the people, not give up our rights to CHOOSE our leaders.