Politics, Education and …

9 Apr

It's time for Catholics to come in for a check-up.

 

Do you sometimes feel we’re going nowhere fast? You are not alone.

 

Many years ago in Cajun land, a candidate for Police Juror (County Commissioner) knocked on our door soliciting our vote.

Let’s call him Bob.

“Bob,” I asked, “what’s your platform?”

He said, “My platform is to win.”

Honest enough answer, but I persisted, “Well, if you are elected, what will you do for the parish (county)?”

He said with great excitement, “I’m going to black top this road in front of your house.”

I nearly laughed, because, you see, work was already in progress to black top that road.

As I look at national elections, sadly I see the same sort of foolishness, but on a much grander scale. People seem to vote for candidates that will feather their nests in one way or another. There seems to be a pitiful lack of concern for who we are as Americans, our history, the strength of the U.S. Constitution and the need to have a strong nation for our sake and the sake of all peoples around the world.

Ignorance is not bliss. It never was and never will be. It is inexcusable that any high school graduate cannot tell you who was the first president of these United States or have any information or interest in the Civil War which tore our nation apart, or in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

But the real problem is in the American family. Faith is the foundation for a strong family and then for a strong nation. We need to rediscover faith in God. Too many people think the universe revolves around them. Henri Nouwen, a popular 20th century writer, hit the nail on the head: People can say with conviction, “I exist.” He said that the moment you discover the truth that “God exists,” you can no longer see yourself as the center of all life. You discover your essence and grandeur in relating to this God who calls you into existence.

I am convinced that this is the fundamental reality that can save family life, education, government and politics.

That, dear reader, is the basis for any hope we may have for ourselves, our nation and our world.

 

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