Max Lucado, the inspirational preacher/writer once said, “a man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd“ (2013). It would do well for our representatives to heed this advice. Apparently, our senators and congressmen are overwhelmingly affected by whichever political wind is blowing. The citizens are running out of patience with the men and women for which we vote based on stated political views turning their backs on those viewpoints, becoming RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only. Perhaps the RINOS are really just hippos, a/k/a Hypocrites.
In 2003, there was a politician, John Kerry, who was caught “waffling” on issues. He said at one point, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it” (Roberts, 2009). Barack Obama was known for the people with which he associated, and that was about all we knew about him because he had done very little, politically speaking. But he DID give us indicators of what he would do, if he were elected. Statements that he planned to “fundamentally transform America,” should have been a dead give away that he would not restore our country, but take it on another, devastating path. Even with red flags, we still vote in to office people who would destroy this nation.
What causes the people to vote for men and women who would destroy this great nation? Is it just plain ignorance? According to Sal Gentile, “polls have shown routinely that large numbers of Americans know very little about how our political system works. And it’s not just a lack of factual knowledge — Americans’ skewed understanding of how the government functions (or fails to function) also influences their proposals for how to fix it” (2011). Or maybe it’s the “deliberate dumbing down” of the American populous? This was demonstrated in a book by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, who “blew the whistle in the `80s on government activities withheld from the public” (2011). Ms. Iserbyt documented over one hundred years of educational reform that has, to repeat Barack Obama’s phrase, fundamentally transformed what is taught in the school system today.
Even we teachers have our hands tied by the government, be it local, state or federal, as to what we can teach. For example, if I were to teach my students about the bulletproof George Washington and how the Indian chiefs thought he had a supernatural hedge of protection around him when the tribe shot at him, I would probably be sued for violating the “Separation of Church and State” (which, by the way, is an entirely different article). We have to watch every word we say, every nuance of education that can be ascertained as crossing the line. Even having my own personal Bible sitting on my desk can be grounds for dismissal in some districts.
So what is the answer? How can we educate our citizens about the candidates so that they will vote with intelligence? Should that be our responsibility? If we want our nation to survive, then yes, it IS our responsibility. Therefore, we need to study and then share all information that we have with others who are ignorant about the candidates. Social media can be a method in which to educate our friends and neighbors as long as we verify the information before we share it.
Additionally, we citizens need to consider running for offices from the local level on up. If we are disgruntled with the representatives that we have, then we need to step into the fray, roll up our sleeves and get to work. We may not trust the men and women who are up for election, and if that is the case, then we need to find willing, honorable citizens to be our representatives. Perhaps we need to groom more young people to run for office, bringing fresh faces to the field of politics.
Whatever it takes to assure that our country is not led down the current path of destruction, one thing is for certain. We must do it now. Time is quickly running out on our chance to revive this nation. Is there no one honorable out there who can and will run for office? Is there no one of good character who will fight in the trenches for our homeland? Is that person YOU? If that is your calling, if you are being urged to run for office, please consider the challenge carefully. You may be that one deciding vote, or may speak that single comment that could sway your colleagues into restoring this nation to its former greatness. YOU may be the next George Washington or Susan B. Anthony.