Leaders need to listen to Lincoln’s advice

I have often wondered how pleasant it would be to experience our nation’s leaders working diligently to come to a resolve concerning some of the issues we face today.

Instead of dealing with issues, we attack individuals. Instead of pursuing honest answers to poor policies, we lash out at a person or personalities. Instead of assessing damaging politics, we settle for a pandering of position regardless of what side one comes down on. This can only lead the country down a road of paralysis and create a nation of soulless spectators rather than passionate participants.

Many people in our nation have become disgusted with government, not so much because it is so intruding – and it is -but because it does not show dignity and respect to the common individual. Lincoln had it right when he said “malice toward none, charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in… .” And again he said “you cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

We must never cower to any issue or policy that deadens the spirit of improvement in the American heart. We are bound to stand by a person when he is right, and part with that person when they go wrong. If part we must, then we must. As Lincoln stated (listen carefully Mr. President and Congress) “we are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

Vibrant debate? Yes, let it continue in the halls of Congress. Deep differences? Yes, may this be a daily platform. Fervent passion, it is a must of any republic but let us take heed that we do not fail to be considerate and caring to those who do not see the same way we do. When we do this we help create character in each other.

Has it not been stated that “as iron sharpens iron so men sharpen men.” Let us become sharp on the issues, on the policies and on the tasks of the day, and there are many.