POLITICS AND MORALITY.
Is our nation growing stronger or is it growing weaker?
Are the checks and balances built into the constitution still working?
Are our citizens as free now as they were fifty or a hundred years ago?
Are the forces that made this country great as strong as ever?
Is our star still rising or has it begun to wane?
It seems to me that the fundamental question to politics today is that:
How much government is a good government?
Assuming a reasonable amount of honesty, goodwill, and good sense on the part of our elected or appointed as officials, do we want the role of government in our lives to grow greater or less?
Today, with the five or six per cent of the people in the world, it produces over half the total wealth of the planet and has shared the wealth with friends, former enemies, and dubious neutrals in the most extraordinary display of generosity in the history of mankind. I mention this generosity because, while amassing wealth and producing wealth may not be among noblest among of nation, willingness to share those products of ingenuity and effort certainly is.
A man was judged not so much by what had has and what he was. Wealth was the useful things to have, and fine if you could get it, but integrity was more important Duty, honour, loyalty-these not just high sounding words, but the quantities that some men sought and found, all men responded with admiration and respect.
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help man permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
We must not only willing to make our own decisions and govern our own affairs, but we must also insist on the right to do so, and fight for the right with ideas, with education, with persuasion, with an exhortation, with the ballot, with any legitimate weapon we can lay on our hands on.
Only thus can we reach full self-realization as responsible human beings. And only thus will our country, as we know and love it, continue to endure.
Memo to the reader no:9
Dialogue in the dark:
“Any decent person can feel anger and revulsion when some fellow citizen is brutalized, or treated unfairly in the courts, or denied the right to vote. But to realize within yourself there is a little coiled snake of contempt for your neighbour because he’s a Negro, or a protestant, or a Catholic or a Jew-or maybe because he is not any of these things that the real challenge. And to meet it takes real self-honesty, real self-discipline, real self-control.