Tuesday, September 11, 2012
There are a lot of things that are out of our reach and some of them we have no control over. Academic excellence is something some people will not achieve. They can work hard and do their best but they may never become “A” students.
Some people excel at sports while others tend to trip over their feet, are uncoordinated and make understanding basketball or football look like rocket science.
As we saw from watching the Republican and Democratic conventions, some people are naturally gifted and persuasive speakers; they make it look easy while others just do their best.
There is one area in which all of us can excel. All of us can be outstanding because we have total control over our actions.
Whether you are athletic or pathetic, whether you are a brilliant speaker or a bumbling speaker, whether you are Democrat or Republican you can be a person of character.
When you are an elected representative, whether statewide or nationwide, a part of character is putting politics aside sometimes, and putting people first. It is compromising on issues for the good of the country even when you have nothing to gain by it.
One of the things I have been saying is that today’s politicians, specifically those at the national level, are an inferior bunch compared to years past. Partisanship is so severe that progress is stagnated.
Republicans and Democrats were once able to work together on issues and get things done. That kind of putting aside political differences so we can get something done for the good of the country has been absent from this group of politicians. It takes character to sit down and work together with people you disagree with.
People have always had differences and differences in opinions and how to get things done. That is nothing new in politics. So what is the problem now? Why is it this crop of national leaders unable to work together? They lack character. They are like children running around and pointing fingers at each other. They are like children calling each other names. They are like children who lie, fudge answers and pretend to be what they are not.
I have never seen a group of people work so hard doing nothing.
My hope is that if there is a Republican President elected the Democrats will be bigger than the Republicans and show more character than they have shown and cooperate with the President to get things done for the sake of country. If our President is re-elected my hope is that the Republicans will work with the President to get things done for the love of country.
It is the people who elect the President whether one party likes it or not. It is the people who call the shots; to refuse to work with the President that the people have put in office is to frustrate the will of the people because you dislike, disagree or have your differences with the President.
Politicians, for love of country, grow up!
The Rev. Valentine Williams is the Pastor of Transforming Life Center Church in Pineville, a motivational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, personal development coach, adjunct instructor and the author of Youth Empowered to Succeed. He is also the president of Williams Speaking and Training Services, a people development organization that conducts professional and personal development training and staff development workshops. For questions, comments or speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.