Thought on Governing - March 10, 2010

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

The following words are attributed to Samuel Adams, an 18TH Century American Patriot. Given the current tenor of political debate, and the often uncivil discourse amongst the people disposed to politics, it seemed, at least to me, that San Adams words have special significance today.

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." --Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1779

Perhaps the elected officials of both majors, as well as the rank and file members of the democratic and the republican parties ought to read these words. Even internalizing them and perhaps looking in the mirror from time to time.

Dissension and disagreement is desirable. It is in fact how real problems can best be resolved. Being willing to stand your ground, putting forth your best, most reasoned arguments with justified passion is how the American experiment is supposed to work. It is patriotic to do so.

At the end of debate or discussion, after all sides have been thoroughly, completely, and respectfully heard, when the American electorate is waiting for the decisions that result in law effecting their lives it is time to vote. And vote the way the majority of each congressman and congresswomen’s constituents have directed them in majority. This requires getting out among you constituents and hearing them, I mean really hearing them. Then cast your vote based on in the manner your constituents want you to.

It’s called acting as an honest legislator with integrity functioning in a truly democratic republic.

We should all consider Adams words, even in the face of heated disagreement, and strive to attack the message pointing out inconsistencies or outright contradictions. Use the power of logic and reason to win the day. And remember facts are a stubborn thing, as John Adams once said.

America can do much better. While we quit often start on different pages when all is said and done as Americans we need to find a way to ultimately put aside special interest and government favoritism to any organization or group and make the hard choices that lay before us in this time.

Politics and rancor as usual won’t get it done. Sometimes, and as much as I despise this, pragmatism and compromise it the only way to get thing done sometimes. Lawmakers ought to begin on different pages. Ultimately those same lawmakers are entrusted to find the best workable solution.

It is what the People expect. A good place to start to apply these principles is in balancing the budget. At the same time honestly explain that a certain pain will be involved and it may take a while for it to go away.

Our past inabilities to function on principals have gotten us to where we are. Perhaps it is time to look back to 1787, Constitutional Convention, and study how America’s truly great thinkers were able to overcome grave differences to fashion the greatest form of government know to mankind.

Much more can be said. As time is limited I shall have to cut here. Perhaps more shall follow. In any event Rational Nation USA welcomes your thoughts and comments.

Thank you for taking your valuable time in reading the foregoing comments.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum -see Deficit Proposal  Picks Up New Allies


  1. Nice meditation on the high road that we might travel again ... provided we break the Leftist road block that is "up in our grill" right now.

    "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"


Commenting here is a privilege, not a right. Comments that contain cursing or insults and those failing to add to the discussion will be summarily deleted.