January 2015

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"A YEAR OF ANNIVERSARIES" Such is the title of a recent commentary on 2014 by Thomas Sowell. If you are not reading what Thomas writes, you are missing great insight, wisdom, and perspective. This particular article sets our chaotic world in a telling historical context and clearly urges each of us examine our individual thinking in terms of political direction and choosing national leaders.

Just reading Sowell's observations on where we are, where we've been, and where we are bound brings to mine history's clarion calls like "These are the times that try men's souls" and ". . . brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal . . . testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure."

Cutting through his valuable historical insights, we are bound to become further derailed unless we refresh our minds and re-calibrate our brains when we select leaders at all levels. We must focus on examining candidates who clearly articulate, understand, and ardently defend the principles that are the bedrock of America and her founding fathers. We must focus on would-be national leaders who have demonstrated passionate leadership in support of these principles and not be distracted by flowery, polished rhetoric and seemingly charismatic images. In short, we must aim at discerning the character and substance of the man or women and not permit ourselves to be deceived by packaging and merchandising in term of race, color, sex, or any other misleading and irrelevant external.

The test of whether such a nation can long endure is in the hands of its people as it should be. The question at hand is: Do we the people have the courage and wisdom to save ourselves and our legacy or will we continue to allow ourselves to be led down the primrose path of ease, dependency, and lack of self-determination?

Courage is the key to lasting leadership.

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Dave Martin


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