The course has been set. The ship has left the dock and the sailors are singing the words above as they set sail for the new land. It seems like uncharted territory but, in reality, there is a compass, there are stars and there are plenty of signs to tell us which way to go. We just need to listen to the words of nature, aka the “still small voice.”
In the 2016 presidential campaign there is a similar ring coming from the bell tower. The people of the country are sending a message but, no one listens to the faint tones whispering across our land.
We are seeing a polarization of the citizens. Some are saying, “I’m fed up with the bickering, the indecisiveness, the inability to accomplish even a menial task within the Congress or the Executive Branch.
Holy Cow! You mean to tell me that “THE GOVERNMENT” is the biggest problem in America? Why yes, according to this Gallup Poll. And a U.S. News and World Report dated Jan. 3, 2016 had “THE GOVERNMENT” listed as the #2 problem, just one percentage point behind Unemployment. The U.S. News article had it listed as “Dissatisfaction with government/Congress/
politicians; poor leadership/corruption/abuse of power.
Well now folks, how do we fix this problem? Let’s see, here are some examples from our previous presidents. President George Washington refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,00 a year. That sent a nice message to the citizens. His inauguration speech was the shortest on record —133 words and less than two minutes long. Doesn’t sound like the verbose candidates running for office today. Now contrast that 133 words with William Henry Harrison who holds the record for the longest inauguration speech in history at 8,578 words long and one hour and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, he gave the speech during bad weather and a month later, he was dead from pneumonia, making his the shortest presidency on record. Whoa! I think there is foreboding message there?
On his epitaph, which he composed, Jefferson mentions that he was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the statuette of Virginia for Religious Freedom. He did not mention that he had been the President of the United States. Probably, a sign of humility, rare among modern day presidents and candidates.
Barack Obama collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books. (not sure what this tells us but you can read into it (pun intended) as you like!
So, where is all of this leading my campaign this week. When you get a few minutes, take a look at this graduation speech given by David McCullough (son of the renown author David McCullough Sr. who wrote 1776). This talk is meant for any and all politicians today. My message to them from the campaign trail is; “Your are not Special.”
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