THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

January 12, 2012

The Perils of Leadership

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice

With all due respect, I am tired of our current President. He is wearing me out. You never know what he is going to do next. This latest escapade with “recess appointments” is about the last straw. I would like to think that he is well meaning, but there seems to be a systematic–no, chronic breakdown of protocol with regard to our Constitutional structure. All the promised “hope and change” was much more than the American people bargained for. I know it’s a tough job, but it does not come with much learning curve time. Judgment typically comes with experience, but apparently Mr. Obama did not come with either.

And now, the opposing party is vetting their nominations to oppose President Obama in the fall. Here we are with still months to go before the August primary, and I fear that we will become just as tired and worn out with this arduous process as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country and our Constitution, but I so tire of the partisan rhetoric, wrangling, and rules.  There has got to be a better way than all the caucuses and primaries and other concoctions political parties can contrive to maintain their power and influence. Power does corrupt. And it appears that bipartisanship has reached an impasse. Third parties don’t have a chance because the two-party system has written all the rules.

Well, anyway, I’ve gotten all that off my chest. Complaining does not do any good, in and of itself, but when all this becomes a threat to our liberty, then it is certainly time for action. So…what do we do? I don’t really know what else to do but pray.  The Scriptures tell us: When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice, when the wicked rule the people groan. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. We need God in America. “In God we trust,” and “one nation under God” are more than just cultural rhetoric. They are ancient wisdom, understood by our wise founding fathers. They are words that have stood the test of time, the test of tyranny and triumph, yesterday, today, and forever:

Daniel 2:21 – “He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.”

Psalm 75:7 – “But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.”

I enjoy zealous leaders, but give me a man of understanding any day.


1 Comment »

  1. T.G.I.F. on the (blizzard-swept) Prairie, January 13, 2012

    Dear Iron Pen:

    You are a brave man … in a time when our land cries out
    for brave men: Praise the Lord for His boldness!!!

    Sincerely (Micah 6:8),

    Bud and Nancy Williams and Family <

    Comment by Bud and Nancy — January 13, 2012 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

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