Each day on WordPress there is a Daily Post; a word or thought to encourage people to write a post or give a push if someone is having writers block. Today’s word suggestion is promises. I found it a little coincidental given today’s political climate. Every election and every candidate, whether they’re running for president or your local school board, makes promises they can’t keep. Or worse they make promises knowing full well they have no intention of even trying to keep them. This isn’t a new problem. Politicians making promises have been around since the dawn of time.
I work for a Member of Congress and have for almost 20 years. Every election year it is always the same. We get a lot of calls from all sides of the aisle about the candidates and most are full of anger. All of them regurgitate the promises their candidate has given and then they give their own promise; either “I will never vote for (insert name of my boss) if he does not support X” or “I will never vote for (insert name of my boss) if he DOES support X”. We also get a lot of calls asking who my boss is supporting or even who I think they should vote for. It’s as if I have some special insight to the candidates they don’t have access to.
For every candidate, regardless of what office they seek, don’t just listen to their promises. Don’t make your decision based solely on media reports, what you read on Facebook or by most of what’s on the internet. Pray about it, do your own research and make your own decision.
In closing, I’ll leave you with some quotes and an excerpt from the bookby Suzy Kassem to ponder.
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” — Albert Einstein
“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” ―Abigail Van Buren
“When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” – Euripides,
“Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.” – Karen Marie Moning
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln
“A NATION’S GREATNESS DEPENDS ON ITS LEADER
To vastly improve your country and truly make it great again, start by choosing a better leader. Do not let the media or the establishment make you pick from the people they choose, but instead choose from those they do not pick. Pick a leader from among the people who is heart-driven, one who identifies with the common man on the street and understands what the country needs on every level. Do not pick a leader who is only money-driven and does not understand or identify with the common man, but only what corporations need on every level.
Pick a peacemaker. One who unites, not divides. A cultured leader who supports the arts and true freedom of speech, not censorship. Pick a leader who will not only bail out banks and airlines, but also families from losing their homes — or jobs due to their companies moving to other countries. Pick a leader who will fund schools, not limit spending on education and allow libraries to close. Pick a leader who chooses diplomacy over war. An honest broker in foreign relations. A leader with integrity, one who says what they mean, keeps their word and does not lie to their people. Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the doctor, and the environmentalist — not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.
Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.
Most importantly, a great leader must serve the best interests of the people first, not those of multinational corporations. Human life should never be sacrificed for monetary profit. There are no exceptions. In addition, a leader should always be open to criticism, not silencing dissent. Any leader who does not tolerate criticism from the public is afraid of their dirty hands to be revealed under heavy light. And such a leader is dangerous, because they only feel secure in the darkness. Only a leader who is free from corruption welcomes scrutiny; for scrutiny allows a good leader to be an even greater leader.
And lastly, pick a leader who will make their citizens proud. One who will stir the hearts of the people, so that the sons and daughters of a given nation strive to emulate their leader’s greatness. Only then will a nation be truly great, when a leader inspires and produces citizens worthy of becoming future leaders, honorable decision makers and peacemakers. And in these times, a great leader must be extremely brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience, not a bribe.” ― Suzy Kassem,