The reason for so much frustration among voters about elections is the lack of candidates they feel they can trust to work for us.
There was a time, I remember, when I had about three good people in mind to lead the nation (I am not going to name names to avoid any politics), but today I cannot come up with one, and that frightens me.
Most potential candidates are "party choices" who their support feels will do the best job degrading the opposite party. That's not governing. It is politics of the thickest smoky caucus room machines.
We're at an ugly time regarding those who are leading us. Few of those in office now give a tinker's dam about our future. They're too busy jockeying for power and living the meaningless showy life. When it comes to issues, they follow party lines strictly with disregard for what is the true path.
We're in trouble.
What's great about a democracy is that you can "throw the rascals out" at any time. Yet, with only other rascals to replace them, we've lost the momentum to elect alternatives or initiate recalls.
What's the use, too many feel.
It is so easy to call for a clean sweep of Washington, D.C. and a fresh start under new rules.
Chances of that happening without total revolution – and I am against that – are rare.
So, what's the answer? I believe we must live within our system, because it works. Given that, our only real recourse is to dig out the real leaders that exist within the deepest tissues of presidential and congressional timber. They must be there. They have to be.
But beyond that, I have no advice, since I have not seen these viable candidates raise their heads. I wish with all I can that I could name a few.
Somewhere out there are men and women who truly want to lead this nation to greater times, and who separate the politics from the statesmanship.
America is like a nation in neutral, not advancing to great improvement, but stuck in the mud of politics. In some respects we are moving backward at a time when we should be striding mightily toward loftier world leadership.
Yet, we are a great nation in that we fight our wars for freedom, and not to gain domination over people or obtain their lands. Great, too, because we are a country of benevolence and heart, in that we truly strive to improve the lives of our citizens and others globally.
Our history of welfare speaks loudly of the nature of our national soul, and our heritage of foreign aid shouts that we ache for the deprived and downtrodden everywhere.
Of course we are not united in all these causes, but that is because we are a diverse people with the right to speak out against that which we feel is wrong. But that we stand together as a nation gives meaning to our United States character.
Defending the greatness of America is all of our jobs, but at the helm are those we elect. Without leaders devoted to the advance of our finest principles, we are a nation of people without representation.
It is a time for magnificent men and women to show us the way.