Comments On The 2012 Republican And Democrat National Conventions
Ideas, leadership, and calls for bipartisan unity....
"A Wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he heard, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?"
What have I heard from the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida?
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A central purpose of an American government is to protect the lives, the liberty, and the property of its citizens, as well as the equality of their pursuit of happiness. It is not to drive them deeper into debt, largely ignore their pleas for jobs, and to dictate policies for the whole country which should be left to the individual states and localities. It is not the function of government to say one thing and then do another.
It is the function of leadership to lead according to the law, and to inspire greatness, display love and compassion, and to accomplish unity of purpose toward worthwhile goals. Successful businesses have good leadership and those same goals.
Good businesses return benefits to their workers, their customers, and their owners. Poorly led businesses fail, or find a new leader.
Our failing government has had poor leadership at the helm, and it is time for the real "Change" the failing government originally promised, so we can indeed move "Forward" with sounder policies, and make the hard choices needed to change course before the Ship of State breaks up on the rocks ahead.
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Cynical American voters, and non-voters alike, will contend that the Republican National Convention was only "politics as usual" and will give the same verdict for the Democrat National Convention.
What is apparent, however, is that both political parties have their own rebels, leaders, and patriots, and the two parties are charting out different courses for governing and leading America's not so "united" states in the four years to follow the conventions, the debates, and the voting.
There is enough sheer brain power in the two parties to allow them to adequately, and fully present their ideas and what they see as critical to America's success politically in an unstable world, an unstable economy, and in the face of its own internal, social divisions as wide as any America has experienced in its history.
Are we listening like the wise old owl sitting in the oak? Or are we jabbering constantly like the neighborhood crows and jays? Can we hear, weigh, and vote on the ideas and potential leaders, or will we take up the partisan jabber and add our noise to what needs to be a deliberative process once we have attentively heard both sides?
Good government derives from the consent of the governed. What will Election 2012 voters consent to? Will they have listened at least as much as they spoke?
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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