Let the statesmen step forward

When George Washington resisted the American crown, he implicitly forced us to work together. No one can say “I’m all right” or “you’re all wrong” with any intellectual honesty. Each can simply stand on the courage of her convictions.

Lest we forget, there is a difference between conviction and perfection. All of us can have the former. None of us can have the latter. Not in this life; not in these clay pots.

Tragically, these clay pots inhabit a divided society, and not just in a politically partisan sense. Husbands divorce wives. Parents leave children. Churches split. Business partnerships dissolve.

Relationships are largely measured in months, not years, much less decades.

It should not be. The failure of modernity, technology and science to solve all ills must not deter us from believing in the possibility of constancy, of cohesion.

By God’s grace, families can commit to each other for life. And Americans can commit to each other for the future. We can find ways to work together. We must or we will wither from within.

Some are reading and saying, “Hallelujah! He’s repenting of the error of his ways! He’s going to favor a tax increase to pay for some sorely needed service in some segment of society!”

If only it were that easy. If we’ve learned anything in our decades of American prosperity it’s that money doesn’t solve every problem. In fact, it solves very few and even creates its fair share.

Most problems weren’t created by a lack of cash and most won’t be corrected by an infusion of it. What we need are an infusion of character, an influx of commitment, a dose of humility.

We witnessed an historic political repudiation on November 2nd. Those elections will have consequences. They will stop the liberal steamroll that barrelled over the land for the last twenty months.

But the elections of 2006 and 2008 continue to have consequences, too. Personally, I don’t like them like I will like those of 2010. But my countrymen put a president in the White House and a majority in the Senate. I must respect those decisions even though I did not advocate them.

So, no, Senator McConnell. Our goal should not be to make Mr. Obama a one-term president. That is not a large enough story to live in. Our goal should be for America to reach its potential and retain its status as a – if not the – world superpower.

Elections are intra-squad scrimmages. The more intense they are, the more competitive we will be on game day, assuming our team unites and pulls in the same direction.

We the coach have selected our starters. It’s time for them to be statesmen, not politicians. It’s time for them to play together as a team.

Our rank in the standings depends on it.

1 Response to “Let the statesmen step forward”

  1. 1 Brittyne Fitzgerald November 21, 2010 at 03:23

    Hey Kevin! Just found your blog! I am teaching Advanced Placement US History and we have been discussing the midterm elections to exhaustion! While I sit across the aisle from you, I would have to admit that America spoke loudly and that is the beauty of our system. Hopefully, Washington will take heed of the voices raised and pull back or at least redirect to keep the two parties from becoming such polar opposites! Would love to catch up you someday! Will always remember you as the first person I met at ACU during Presidential Scholar week!

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