Some takeaways for Montgomery County voters and members to think about from this auspicious beginning to 2019:
Can we really change truth? Not long ago we had moved from a “Big T” Truth to a “little t” truth, and casually merged into a full-blown “alternative facts” rule-of-thumb. We’ve morphed from “illegal aliens” to “undocumented immigrants”, from “life” to a “non-human” (that just happens to have a heartbeat.) Border solutions seem to also have taken a “small t” turn, thinking and naively hoping that a political shield is all the security one needs.
Our judicial system is unapologetically peeking under the blindfold of justice while marching glibly to the tune of the pied piper of politics.
I’ve been reading George Washington’s last circular letterto the states and his emphasizing the need for unity in our nation. He wisely noted, “. . . if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.” He goes on to challenge these same citizens, to either be happy or miserable; that we as a nation have been given a great gift and our security and happiness depends upon our conduct: “whether they will be respectable and prosperous, or contemptible and miserable as a Nation.”
He continues with a list of four things that are essential to this well-being. Number four is what caught my attention:
“The prevalence of that pacific and friendly Disposition, among the People of the United States, which will induce them to forget their local prejudices and policies, to make those mutual concessions which are requisite to the general prosperity, and in some instances, to sacrifice their individual advantages to the interest of the Community.”
Security is at its biggest threat not when there is disagreement or alternative solutions, but infighting and disunity. A blatant disregard for laws—of our country, state, county, or party—will leave us weak and confused about where to go and who the real enemy is: blurring and attempting to erase truth.
Let’s take a beat, inhale this good ole’ Texas air, and see what we are doing to serve our sweet Montgomery county, how we can “forget [our] personal prejudices and policies,” working for a general prosperity. We can laugh at the tit-for-tat back and forth between Nan and Don, but their eye for an eye philosophy will eventually leaves us all blind.
We don’t have to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but must to get back to the basics of law, constitutional integrity, and community prosperity.