Daily Proverbial, from Ecclesiastes, 3 December 2012

Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning. Blessed are you, O land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time— for strength and not for drunkenness. Ecclesiastes 10, verses 16 and 17.

What does this mean? I’ll take a short encouragement about government from it. It’s been nearly a month since the Federal election here in America. In that time, the folks who re-elected the president have had time to be satisfied in their choice, and to gloat, and to look forward to four more years of their man’s policies. The folks who voted for other people, well, they’re probably not as satisfied.

But we have who we have, and here in the US of A, we the people are responsible for whoever we send into government. I will admit cynicism enough to see that the politicians have rigged the system to their advantage; how else can you explain so many appointed government officials, Congressmen and cabinet officers who arrive in Washington with modest means and depart with great wealth? And even when that is the case, we the people are still responsible for them.

Woe to us, then, who allow weak people, men and women of low character or lazy bearing, to govern and rule over us. We get what we deserve. Blessed is our land, then, when we elect people of good character and diligent ways to govern, to rule, and to use the power we entrust to them for the advancement of the nation. We aren’t the first nation to recognize, benefit, or suffer from this. Indeed, the US will not last forever. But blessed is the country that installs leaders of good quality into positions of high trust. That’s how it has always been.

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