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With the political fervor ramping up, so will the rhetoric and hyped-up promises for “change” at the local and national levels.
It’s what politicians, politics and our government tends to do – over promise and under deliver with a premium price tag attached.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this country and it’s the greatest form of government on the planet. But it has shortcomings.
One such shortcoming is summarized in this quote from philosopher Jurgen Habermas, “Democracy requires of its citizens qualities that it cannot provide.”
While government can fix roads; provide limited healthcare; deliver mail; negotiate treaties; defend our borders; levy taxes; test food and drugs; designate parks and land reserves; establish laws and punish lawbreakers – plus an ever expanding list of other activities – it can’t legislate character.
For our form of government to function properly, we need to first govern ourselves individually. Individual governance develops from the inside of a person and encompasses ethical conduct, compassion, integrity and kindness.
Like it or not, the greatest growth contributors toward that ultimate goal of inner self governance are a caring family, formal or self-directed education and a religious affiliation of some kind. Those factors tend to shape our hearts more directly than a bureaucratic government agency.
This is echoed in another oft-quoted phrase by the late-legendary radio icon Paul Harvey, “Self government won’t work without self discipline.”
While government strives to do a lot of things for “we the people,” it simply cannot do the most important things.