Profiles in Cowardice

In Profiles in Courage, the Democratic Party's apostle, John Kennedy, observed that the difference between a politician and a statesman is that a statesman is willing to "cross the aisle" for the good of the country.  The impeachment vote in the House is proof positive that we have far too many politicians and far too few statesmen.  This is unfortunate but not surprising.  The emergence of the "politician" as profession unto itself is a relatively recent phenomenon in this country and one wholly at odds with what the founders envisioned.  They imagined that accomplished individuals would give back to society in the form of public service.  These individuals, baptized by the fire of the real world, would possess the requisite wisdom, judgment, and acumen to contribute positively to the fair and effective operation of government.  This has all gone by the wayside, and the country is worse off for...(Read Full Post)
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