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Why Our Government is ineffective. What would Change Government.

Updated on June 8, 2014

Court houses and litigation teach us much.

95% of all litigation both civil and criminal are resolved prior to trial. Trial is just the drama for TV and books.
95% of all litigation both civil and criminal are resolved prior to trial. Trial is just the drama for TV and books. | Source

The horribleness of man.

Meltdowns happen to the best of us. When put together meltdowns can be catastrophic. We are not perfect and we never have been. But respect for wisdom should always be our desire. And the tearing down of others should always be avoided. What can bring men to their knees and shatter trust is just plain old human behavior.

We are not destined to greatness if we view ourselves as great. We are destined for greatness if we view noble and good truths and causes as great. Something gained without sacrifice is no gain at all.

The hardest of all things to give up and sacrifice are our notions and dreams. We get ourselves all worked up and envisioning what should be. And then we will quite literally kill ourselves if it does not come to pass or even if someone gets in the way of that dream.

That normal perspective is an entrenchment. And as we learned from WWI entrenchment seldom leads to advancement.

Don't let the Man getcha

So there is a book. We do well to take lessons from.

When I was in school we had text books. Books that were actually quite instructive. They related basic facts and taught us how to understand those facts. About by 10 for most I hope, we came to realize that those books were not always the same as Funk and Wagnall's or Encyclepedia Britanica or a novel or other books we read. To me is was a shock and by 14 I thought all the texts were a load of crocodile manure. By the time I got a doctorate I realized I was right.

But by the time I had to start making an honest living I learned that the exact facts were interesting but always skewed by perspective and some agenda but that texts were cool and there fallibility did not detract from great lessons they taught.

So armed with this great new understanding I also picked up some old favorite books that I had kind of brushed aside because of inconsistencies and pretty clear nit picky errors. Here are some general books I speak of --- they are not titled well but rather general for reasons of my own.

Darwin stuff, Bronowski's Ascent of Man, Plato's Republic, War and Peace, two versions of the Bible, Latin Vulgate and KJV, the Quran. Buddha writings, let me just say Mark Twain and leave Clements out of it. And then many lessor knowns.

Aye they all have flaws. But they all have noble truths. And then after a time a truth came to me that is alpha and omega about man.

Just like the texts and great books. All men have flaws. And they have forever. But for some reason we used to respect great men. Now men just tear each other down.

Well I refuse to do that. Yes I point out a wrong here or there. And for instance I disagree with most presidents on many matters. But wow! How great they are.


Can you look and admire people?

Do you judge a man by his personal failures

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I suggest you think long and hard on that one.

Hey Babe Ruth and Pete Rose were great ball players. And I am well aware that they had issues. But if they were to sit down and talk baseball I would respect what they have to say.

This is a Bible

It is different from the Roman Catholic Bible and different from the Modern English Versions and different from my wife's Vietnamese version and different from my pocket edition.
It is different from the Roman Catholic Bible and different from the Modern English Versions and different from my wife's Vietnamese version and different from my pocket edition. | Source

Back to the point of the article.

In Acts 15 of most Bibles there is a story. The story is priceless and the lessons therefrom are wonderful and inspiring and good to know and learn from.

What this chapter talks about is leaders getting along and/or taking different paths for the same goal. The goal is for the good of the people as best as they can determine. They do not seem to waiver from that goal. We see different factions. We see groups that do not generally see eye to eye. And we see people put aside their own agendas for what is a collective belief in the good of the people. We actually see some lose power and in fact give that up. Oh we can see the rancor and arguing and imagine the skulduggery behind the scenes. But we see one goal driving them all and therefor that goal is attained.

We must assume that one of the lead characters and indeed most likely all of them have "thorns in their sides" they are not perfect. Yet in the story that is not part of the debate. We see respect and a mutual respect. And in that respect we see resolution, revolution and a solution.

Note here there is much sacrifice. Really note that there is much sacrifice.

Quiet meditation and ones own version of prayer for wisdom

This is critical to obtaining the best result for the people.
This is critical to obtaining the best result for the people. | Source

What is good to note here is the very personal subject matter.

Lopping off a portion of a man's most private parts is very personal. It probably should not be done by dogma. You got it the debate is about circumcision.

Let me give you a quote and a link to this interesting chapter about citizenship and governance.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2015

Some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you can’t be saved.”

But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”


Please lift up those in position to help others. Leave the tearing down to the press.

Please notice here that I have not thumped the Bible at you. I did not even quote the portions that refer to the point of this hub. I am a preacher man. I cannot direct you how to think. It is not my place to give you your interpretation. And I am not here, on this hub, announcing or pronouncing any divinity of the words. This would be to violate the very notion that I want to get across.

Progress and solutions are best found in respect. I respect your opinion. If you care to have one on this subject you can take the 3.5 minutes to read the text, that we call scripture. I do believe that if you do that you will learn some good lesson about governance.

Remember what I said about texts.

Let me wrap this up.

If our leaders would show respect for each other and actually listen to each other and spend time alone on important matters. They would do better. Each one of those leaders, here in the USA are elected. How can I love my brother but disrespect who they have chosen to represent them.

Keep in mind that each leader is elected. Figure no less than hundreds of thousands voted for them. Now just think about tearing that leader down. You are saying in essence you do not respect your brother's right to elect them and you are dissing thousands and thousands of people and their positions. Take my word for it --- that is some bad juice.

But build that leader up and he shall have more confidence to do what is right and less worry about attacks.

Now remember be vocal in opposition to matters you believe are wrong. But attack the issue and not the good souls that believe differently. I suggest that you start in your home and actually with yourself. You do not need to tear down another to build yourself up. You do not need to be a demolition crew, you need to be a carpenter building upon your good foundation.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I agree with you opinion, Eric. All we do in America is tear each other down, steal from one another, and otherwise cause havoc in each other's lives. We don't build up and do what is best for each other, society and our country. I am so saddened by what is happening in DC and congress. To have shut down the government was stupid to do. What did it accomplish? We need to support our leaders and not tear them down or tear down our own government.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      From school teacher of language to your wonderful hubs. I should have just put your picture up and said "this is what I am talkin bout". You are a carpenter of life. All your hubs on people are just inspiring. Thank you.

      http://hubpages.com/@suzettenaples

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Far too much time is spent these days criticizing and tearing down, as you well know. I am so tired of it. Every act of kindness that I do negates a negative act by someone else....if we work hard enough we might see a positive balance in that ledger.

      Have a great day my friend....it is a glorious Friday.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Love hugs and Kisses to you and yours in that order. You are a carpenter Bill. Let us keep building away. Have fun on your travel writing and hiking weekend. Backroads on monday?

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      So true, Eric. I suspect that truly good men fail to run for political positions in order to keep their family protected from the viciousness of people who make it their mission in life to tear down every person in power.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Eric, every now and then you are pure genius, baby. Of your many personalities, I would guess this one was written by the Preacher...and it was good. Your poll was tricky because I judge a man by his failures, but only really how he re-bounds from them. That is what makes us great; our ability to Bounce!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on Brian --- Bring on the challenges I cannot beat. Knock me down. I got springs on my butt. And guess what? It will all be worth it because I will meet others when I am down and bring 'em right back up with me.

      Thanks buddy

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Nice post Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene and I am seeing that as a failure. What truth do I pass. What path do I lay down?

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Eric; makes for very interesting reading . Voted up and wishing you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Eddy, I will scoot on over and visit. Thanks for dropping by, I needed it.

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