Sunday, October 4, 2009

Where are the American Statesmen?

We have seen many ups and downs in the history of our nation but I believe we are possibly witnessing the death of our Representative Republic.

Where are the statesmen in America, today? Where are the men and women who would stand up and say, "I want to do what's best for the people, for the country and not for my party." Where are those people? When did it become the norm to go against the will of the people and to cherish the political party and winning above all else? When did it become the norm to destroy the foundations of our nation?

Here's a quote from a true statesman: "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price."

"We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we're sick -- professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truckdrivers. They are, in short, ``We the people,'' this breed called Americans."

Ronald Reagan
January 20, 1981

America desperately needs men like this again.

Read the Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan

However, this is the American Statesman of today.

The Case Against Charlie Rangel


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