What kind of mess have we gotten ourselves into? The art of politics aspires to the ideal but frequently wallows in the drudgery of governing. Aristotle warned, “Moral virtue is the primary purpose of [government]: to cultivate the habits that lead to good character.”
Despite his on-going bout with brain cancer, former Congressman Brad Ashford continues to inspire faith in our better angels. Although some feel otherwise, Ashford’s courage to stand on convictions while lofting an olive branch across the political aisle, cultivates statesmanship. Ashford’s career transcended the seediness of team politics.
Let’s whisper a prayer for the Ashford family.
Born in the shadow of monarchy, Americans have long been wary of government. Increasingly, our historically healthy skepticism seems to have given way to unhealthy cynicism.
I am frequently disappointed when those I know and once admired sit silently and abide the angry voices of modern political discourse. These elected officials and ideological leaders know better than most …