Posted by: Taylor | January 19, 2008

Where There is no Vision…

wasteland.jpgI rarely write political pieces although I think about politics a lot.  Today I am making an exception because as I continue to look across the political landscape of the United States all I see is a ravaged wasteland.  I see two political parties striving with themselves and each other.  I see opportunists seeking public service, but all they want is to grab power.  I see a nation wanting to see and believe the best about humanity but finding little evidence for it.  I see a people hoping the great experiment called the United States which begun 233 years ago can still have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people that works.  I see a people without a vision…

Why are we where we are today?  How have we lost our way?  We are called the land of promise, America, and the United States.  But, we are far from united.  We have “red” states and “blue” states.  We have rural America and suburban America.  We have African, Native, Asia, and Latino American.  Whatever happened to being American?

“United we stand, divided we fall.”  That was a bedrock statement of truth in the past, but now in our postmodern society statements like this are up for debate.  Many might even argue that division is good.  Division invites diversity, tolerance, and an opportunity to learn from one another.  All these thoughts have a hint of truth in them, but they also neglect another reality of division.  Division seperates. 

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And the division in politics and government lately has not only seperated us, it has polarized us.  We are no longer a United States.  We are now geographical communities made up of individuals who share a common space and micro-narratives which allows us to function in semi-normal relationships for our own personal and mutual benefit.

What did I just say?  I said, “We tolerate each other because it is necessary for our own survival.”

We are a nation of individuals who have lost our vision.  There have been times in our history that the United States served its citizens and the world for the greater good, but now we the people speak only of I the IndIvIdual.  This rampant individualism is most aparent in the current political campaigns.  Two distinct political parties, and neither has a true vision for our country.

I’m going to let all the candidates in on a little secret.  The one who is able to take this information and truly apply it will not only secure the White House but also a spot in history as one of our greatest Presidents.  Are you ready?  Okay, here it is. 

First, desire to lead our nation because you understand it is the greatest service you can give to your country.  Second, understand that the Presidency is not about you, its about “the people” you serve.  Third, we as a nation are lost and without a vision or purpose outside of our own desire to serve and gratify our own desires.  Search your soul.  Ask for help from your creator.  And then unite us behind a single selfless vision for our nation.  If a candidate would do these things, he or she would be our next President.

Look into the not so distant past and you will find that our great leaders have been uniters not dividers.  Ronald Reagan is the last great example of this.  He was not perfect and people did not always agree with his ideas, but he united us behind a single task, a secure United States.  You don’t have to be a populace to be a uniter, but you do have to have a desire to serve the greater good and not yourself.

Unity is not the absence of conflict or individuals, but it is the laying aside of personal interest.  The Book of Proverbs from the Bible states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”  We need leaders who will lay aside personal interest for the common good.  We need leaders who will unite us behind a common vision.  We need to be the United States of American again.

Copyright © January 2008 by Taylor W. Kendrick

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  1. An insightful, thoughtful article. Loved it! Dad

  2. What a great article and I agree completely. Such a shame to see our country go down this road. Our country has so much to offer and we are watching her self destruct. We thank God daily for our salvation because as Christians we have hope and a future. Keep up the good work. You are reaching people. Love, Mom

  3. It is a nice article, “Dad” (don’t worry Mother, I’m not ‘really’ his boy).

    Sorry ’bout that tasteless diversion, folks.

    Fact is, I agree, and I disagree.

    I know these feelings, all-too-well; but it is about more than simply the parties.

    We are, I believe, a Nation divided, not by politics, but rather, by religion.

    We simply cannot serve both Ceasar, and the Lord. We DO still have one of the greatest political systems on the face of the planet.

    Our spirits and our hearts are divided. You are so very right about Reagan, and about this being what great leaders should be.

    But leaders often have to choose a lonely path.

    I reference T. Roosevelt, who said that “great men, are lonely men”; no more truthful words were ever spoken.

    Imagine Lincoln and the choices he had to make (there were probably insiders who were against him at times); the same can be said of Reagan, of the Bush’s, of Nixon, and even Ford.

    Leadership is a lonely path, but I believe that our Nation will come to a unification once again (with or without a Teddy Roosevelt).

    Great men often rise from great adversity.

    I believe that we will come to see such men, very, very soon!

  4. I think the first step is having an educated populace. The second step would be to not assume people are “typical insert color here” because we have different backgrounds and situations. The third is to have a president that is willing to show his patriotism, if a person does not have the ability to make the gesture of putting their hand over their heart during the national anthem. Will they have any compuncture to utilizing the office as a way to serve themselves?

  5. Ty-

    This is my first time visiting the website, I just wanted to commend you for your writing ability. I couldn’t agree with you more on this article. Also, I wanted to let you know that my family and I pray for Bethany and your family all the time. Prayer is powerful and I am so glad to be a part of a family that surrounds their life around such. Hope to see you soon. War Eagle!

  6. Tigger,

    As usual, your writing is right on target! Dad and I are so proud of how you have allowed God to work in your life. We love you and your family with all our heart and soul, but God loves you even more. Thank you for what you stand for and stand up for! Mom


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