Like most of you, I was raised to say my prayers, do my chores, mind my parents, respect my elders, and always try to do the right thing, even in the face of temptation.
We had rules (not guidelines), which laid out clearly the difference between right and wrong, good and evil. They made life not just better and fuller, but easier. Just watch a secularist struggle with a decision, impression or thoughts regarding behavior, and you’ll probably see a person torn in their effort to justify the action or outcome, based on what ought to be, instead of what is.
Conversely, observe a person of faith under the same light and you’ll probably see someone struggling with how best to help or what decision or action will glorify God. I understand these are generalizations, but I also know how gratifying it is to head down that righteous path and know that even in failure, you’re blessed.
I was taught that the goodness of a person wasn’t found in their skin color, the church they went to, what political party they were associated with, or even how fancy their cars or their houses were; good people are those who care about their family, themselves, their neighbors, and their country. We’re taught these things as children so that, when we grow up, we will be good stewards of the nation and for the people that live among us: “One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
We follow the rule of law, and when we disagree, we do so respectfully. And, thanks to our forefathers, we have the right to question authority – Democrat or Republican – whenever we believe authority should be questioned. They are, after all, supposed to be working for us.
As far back as the founding of this great nation, it has always been about the people first. It’s been about taking care of our families, helping our neighbors in troubled times, and working together to accomplish great things. It’s also been about standing up for our hard-earned rights, and fighting against tyranny and oppression wherever it rears its ugly head: “we, the People” have always been, at its very core, what this country was supposed to be all about.
While career politicians have lost their way in recent years, and a growing number of them have forgotten why they’re where they are today, people like you and me… we “regular Joes”… are still out here doing the heavy lifting that keeps this country afloat. I wish more professional politicians cared more than they do about the quality of their workmanship, but – as it has been for 236 years now – I’m confident that our future remains bright and hopeful because of who we are as a ‘people’.