“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato (424/423 BC – 348/347 BC), Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world
Well the South Carolina primaries are over, and the scores are in. Gingrich won, and we are on to the next state. So far, three different candidates have won the last three state competitions, so it is still difficult to predict what the final score will be when all is said and done. However, should this really be our focus? Or perhaps there is a different score that we should all be worried about?
Americans like competition – our love of sports is a big indicator of that. We like it when our candidate wins as much as we like it when our favorite sports team wins. But unlike a sports, the winner of the Presidential contest will have far greater ramifications on our future. Yet, does it ever strike you that Americans seem to be more concerned about whether their team goes to the Superbowl than if the person they elected to be President is actually capable to lead? Are the scores on the athletic field really so much more important than those scores that will actually impact our children’s future?
Maybe we need to look at this another way, and start to see the electoral process not as a competition between candidates and parties, but between good ideas and bad ideas. We need to look beyond the candidate and the party and start to score the value of the plans that each bring to the table. Which initiatives would work, which would not, which have common sense, which do not, which honor the Constitution, which do not, which promote the value of hard work, and which do not, which embrace American values, and which do not. We must stop focusing on the competition itself, and instead look to the character of the candidate, as that will be the best indicator on whether or not they will be an effective leader. Americans are no more afraid of competition than adversity, as we always manage to thrive despite them. However, if we continue to focus only on which sides wins, we will miss what really is important; this is more than just a game of wills, it our future. The priority of our leaders should be on the health, strength, the prosperity of our country. A candidate that supports dependency, undermines hard work, makes excuses for failure, and promotes fear and division will not lead our home team, America, to victory any more he would a NFL team. And America’s victorious future is, after all, the final score that we are after, right?
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future”. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th President of the United States