Editorial #139 Profiles in Courage
The impeachment trial in Washington is a classic example of the pettiness that occurs in politics. This sort of childish sniping is usually not this apparent, but has been happening since our founding with Andrew Johnson impeached for the same reasons. Their motive was to regain power after being marginalized by an election and were more interested in gaining political advantage than doing what was right for the country. It is surprising the length some will go to protect their dishonest agenda.
We have three separate, but equal, branches of government each believing they are most important, forgetting “We the People” decide, by elections, who is in charge. The presidency has the most concentrated power with congress always insulting The President by demanding he ask permission before doing anything, thinking we are a democracy which is a polite way of saying mob rule. No family, business or government can operate as a democracy as someone must always be in charge. All these function best as a republic where the kids can’t out vote mom and dad to buy a new car.
When I first heard the words of John Kennedy: “Ask not what our country can do for you but what you can do for your country?” I believed a majority of Americans actually wanted to be self-sufficient and independent from government bureaucracy trusting in the top decision maker, like a functional family does. Their decisions are hard, but must always made in the best interests of the family, business or country.
When Lyndon Johnson came along he did exactly the wrong thing with his “War on Poverty” and “His Great Society Program”. He literary let the kids buy a new car and put America on the slippery slope that created more social programs that never worked, making the richest poor people in the world, with the number of families below the poverty line continuing to rise.
The temptation to use your taxes to get someone else’s vote became standard procedure for most politicians. If one tries to stop this fraud, the party would hound them out of office by the political machinery, lobbyists and the deep state, as is happening with this impeachment.
Until now, no one was self-confident, independent or financially capable of confronting the deep state for the good of the country. No one was willing to risk their life style, net worth or the face criticism that happens when someone upsets their apple cart of corruption and exposes the incompetence, fraud and depravity that keeps these bureaucracies going.
When Kennedy wrote “Profiles in Courage” with the “ask not” phrase, the words are what every politician should live by and have the political courage to try.
Hopefully profiles in courage will be seen in this trial. Will they stand for truth, fairness, sustainability and integrity realizing their obligation is to confront any attempt at compromising these core values? They crucified Christ too, but doing the right thing is always is difficult and will be criticized with integrity the most difficult value to uphold.
This is Keith Kube wishing you the best in making the world a better place.
Keith has a regular commentary on WJAG 780 radio at 7:40 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Check his website www.keithkube.com for past editorials.