Corruption corrodes democracy, and produces cynicism. Cynicism does not cause our difficulties. It results from them.
Power should never serve morality, any more than morality should serve power.
The best generals rely on their platoon leaders and junior officers to succeed. The same goes for resistance to a deadly pathogen. Leadership – and followership – must develop locally from the bottom up.
Perhaps we believe earthly powers offer the most protection we will ever find.
Citizens of Greenville, Mississippi, observed police issue $500 tickets at King James Bible Baptist Church, for curfew violations on Maundy Thursday, as congregants sat in their cars in the church parking lot to listen to their pastor on the radio.
As Democrats plotted their moves to ‘counter’ the president, they may as well have declared, “Let us write you a ticket for 270 plus one in the fall.”
Our emotional attachment to certain institutions, especially the presidency, signals us to think of our leader as something better than a pig. In that case, the emotional attachment has to go.
Even if Trump’s appearance on the scene dismays many, we can be grateful for his daily reminders that “he alone can fix things.” That is the voice of power, not law.
Some might say a rupture that destroys democracy will come – we just don’t know when, where, or how. Look around you. It has already happened.
If you find a way to take money from the public treasury, you take it from your fellow citizens. If you find a way to withhold money from the public treasury, your fellow citizens may or may not admire you, but they will not regard you as a thief.
Sometimes an ordinary word, due to its context or what you might have on your mind at the time, strikes …