We are in the homestretch of the next Presidential election—not a moment too soon for my money. The vitriol that has been spewed from both candidates toward the other is a good reason to pause and take stock of what has—and is—happening to us. Our need to demonize the other will only lead to more and more demons.
I’m reminded of a book written by David McCollough titled, “1776”. It is a wonderful, simple and straightforward history of us. I was astounded at the hardships our forefathers and foremothers endured to win our freedom. I was struck by the many “strokes of luck” that happened along the way and at how many critical junctures our freedom could have been lost. I can’t help thinking God was in it.
I recently received an email from a friend with some great quotes from Benjamin Franklin—we’d do well to remember these over the next two months.
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
“Never confuse motion with action.”
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
And finally, “This will be the best security for maintaining our liberty; a nation of well-informed men (and women) who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”
Maybe what strikes me the most is how passionate heroes like Washington and Franklin and so many others were in their quest to build a nation like ours. They were not all the best of friends and they frequently disagreed with one another. But they were undeterred in their efforts. They had a vision of what might be and then they set out to make it happen.
I long for a candidate that can make me feel like this.