the Quiet Revolution

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursues, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

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Unleashing the Human Spirit!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

A Demand for a New America

Is anyone else out there as immensely disheartened as I am in American leadership and government? I am not referring to the typical Democrat vs. Republican differences and quibbling that has overrun our government. Nor am I referring to, or interested in, Bush bashing. I am referring to the cavernous, dark void in American leadership that has me yearning for someone that will paint an inspiring picture of who and what we can be as a country. Someone that will rise above the sewage currently flowing in our state and national capitals and lift us all to higher levels. Someone that will paint a vision for me that reconnects me to what is so amazing about Americans and this country. Someone who dares to be bold . . . and inspiring . . . and committed . . . and vulnerable. Someone who will point their finger toward a future full of possibility and tell me that is where they will lead me.

Does anyone else yearn to be thrilled by such character and leadership?

I realize that America is what it is today because I as an individual have allowed it to decline to this point. I am as much a guardian of the values and tenants of this great country as our elected officials are – perhaps even moreso than they are. We as individuals need to demand more from our leaders. We need to let them know that who they are, how they are acting, what they think, is currently not acceptable to us. They need to know that the ideals upon which the country was born, those ideals that once guided our forefathers but have since become legend, must be re-instituted in their souls.

And yet, those ideals and legend, should only serve as a foundation upon which to build.

It has been 230 years since those inspiring moments of the birth in 1776. It was a combination of frustration and the possibility for a new way of governing that led to the birth of that new nation. As I reflect on that, it is hard for me not to see that that is what is once again present in this country – a tremendous amount of frustration and millions of people yearning for a new way of governing. Is it not conceivable that after so many years it might be time for a “revolution” of sorts? Not a bloody or violent one, but rather a conscious and evolved one that demands more of our leadership. A revolution of Spirit that when it reaches its tipping point, a dramatic and phenomenal shift will occur in how our leaders represent the will and spirit of America. They will become the soul of America, and in that honor and representation, they will shine a light that all of us will willingly follow and be proud to declare that we are Americans.
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