What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Active participation in politics stems from a myriad of reasons. Those who run for an office might do so for any number of reasons: to gain power, to dethrone an incumbent, to advance the cause of liberty, to promote an agenda, etc.
For some, the reasons might be clouded, combined, or contrived. While an aspiring politician may claim to have the desire to simply serve his fellow man, deep down he may desire power and fame, 0a nice pay check, relative job security, or a comfortable pension. For what may very well be a select few, the sacrifice to serve stems from a sincere desire to effect positive change and contribute to the nation which has provided them such bounteous opportunities.
It is hard to judge who these people are. One must sift through the propaganda, doublespeak, and rhetoric. Those who sacrifice their time, talents, and resources to truly serve others know who they are. These are the people, however, who would be humble enough to disregard praise and honor, and instead simply move forward in their drive to serve their constituents and honor the oath they made upon assuming office.
I wish we had more of these people: honest, without guile, noble, humble, and charitable. With Congress earning record low approval ratings, it seems that we need, more so than ever before, statesmen who will set aside personal preference and priorities to serve their fellow man and fill government posts with honor. We need such moral leaders who will not abuse their authority and become a law unto themselves. We need leaders with integrity who lead by example.
The sacrifice to serve is one that we should all cultivate, in whatever sphere we may feel called upon to enter. Be it politics, church, community, or otherwise, the direction our society takes depends upon us.
To those who serve with dignity and justice, I thank you.