By Sam Burnham
There is so much unpleasantness in the back and forth political rhetoric. It is hard to determine who is and is not on our side. In such an age it is important for us to stay grounded in our principles and know who we are. If we understand who we are, it gets easier to recognize our interests in the rhetoric.
When I look at this fight, I see no dog of mine. I see Republicans fighting for power. I see Democrats fighting for power. But the Constitution says that power belongs to me. I don't see either party fighting to empower states, communities, or the populace. I just see fighting.
There is no end in sight for the fighting. I don't recommend that we withdraw from the discussion. On the contrary, we need a dog in the fight. We need people who are like us. And we need. To recognize when someone is on our side, not just in rhetoric, but in action. And when we do have a dog in the fight, we must support it.
But before we recognize that dog, we have to know who we are. Search yourself, find your principles, know how to recognize the in others. Then and only then can we hold our government responsible for defending our principles.
Historian, self-proclaimed gentleman, agrarian-at-heart, & curator extraordinaire