My fellow citizens:
Like you, I don’t believe that the problem of the United States of America today is a lack of good intentions, intelligence, vision, ability and hope.
Amongst this American people are all the resources, compassion and courage that are needed.
The problem is a lack of leadership.
No, we do not lack for politicians. I believe that we can all agree there is enough of those peculiar creatures. Neither can they be improved upon. Nor perfected. They are merely men and women- no better and no worse than our best and our worst. As individuals, their service (performed well or poorly) is limited by their single-ness.
What we lack, in fact, is an army of humble, servant leaders!
Who focuses America’s blessings so that they multiply and advance the American Experiment?
Who leads us forward so that the people of this great Nation may continue to enjoy the fruit of their work and the joy of dreams realized.
More importantly, who demands, day after day, that justice and social justice roll down like thunder – so that this Nation may continue to be a light unto the world?
We need servant leaders.
Who shall steer America on the course of human freedom, dignity and destiny? Another politician who sits alone in a difficult and compromising office?
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt served us brilliantly. In fact, the list of great Americans is long and includes black Americans such Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dorothy Height. As Americans, we celebrate their heroic contributions. We do not forget that their labors and sacrifice have made possible all that we enjoy, share, and jealousy savor.
Let us honor those great Americans by each of us stepping forward, carrying on the work, and pledging ourselves to the glorious course ahead – the same course trod by patriots, prophets and, yes, the Word of God.
If not you, who?!
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I pledge allegiance to the Flag, John Wayne
10 April 2011
Copyright 2011 by Stan Faryna. All Rights Reserved.
Great Post Stan … i believe what you say applies to all countries and not just America 🙂
Thank you, Nisha.
Funny thing that you say that. And I love the smiley face! So as I began to write this post, I thought to myself, I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. I MUST ADDRESS A LARGER AUDIENCE! Yeah, it was a loud thought. [laughing] Make no mistake about my commitment to the cause of freedom and dignity – it is a cause that includes all of humanity – especially the poor and those less fortunate for reasons beyond their means, control and folly.
But I also came to understand with some humility (maybe hastily, maybe not) that it was because I am a citizen of the United States of America that I have opened my heart to that greater citizenship in humanity.