Guest Editorial, July 3-6, 2010 |

Guest Editorial, July 3-6, 2010

Along with a grateful prayer for all those who now wear our country’s uniform and put their lives at risk for our sakes, and for the principles our country is founded upon, I must also add a prayer of thanks for those who fought the political battles that gave birth to those principles as stated in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and other Amendments; also for those who stood firm for the Union during the Civil War, and who fought to bring reality to "Liberty and Justice for All" during the Women’s Suffrage and Civil Rights struggles that followed for over 100 years.

I also pray for today’s leaders, for wisdom and vision, as we struggle to keep the light of our principles burning through our own dark struggles. May we and they remember that those founding documents were hammered out after months and years of fierce debate. None would have been written or signed without a willingness to compromise, and sacrifice the desires and interests of some in favor of the highest good of the whole.

That spirit is conspicuously missing today.

If we cannot revive that spirit of urgent compromise, and once again show the ability to put our country ahead of local or party interests, solutions ahead of ideology, the good of all ahead of partisanship and the pursuit of political power; if we cannot recapture the passion for results and effective governance founded upon principle that possessed our founding fathers, rooted in the sure knowledge that they "must all hang together, or they’d all hang separately," our country’s light will continue to diminish, as I fear that it has over the last several decades, and it may yet go out, despite the sacrifices of our soldiers, now and in the past.

Out of respect for those who have served, and serve today, may we make wise choices in this election year. And may we remember that the future of millions of lives is still at stake, in this generation and in those to come; in this great country, and in this interconnected world we share with over six billion of God’s diverse children.

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