A pillar of our nation, John Adams, in 1776 feared that the newly formed Continental Congress' decisions would be dictated "by noise , not sense ; by meanness , not greatness ; by ignorance , not learning ; by contracted hearts , not large souls."
His conclusion is as appropriate today as it was then : "There must be decency and respect and veneration introduced for persons of authority of every rank or we are undone. In a popular government, this is the only way."
Where are the thinkers of today who see our country's demise due to our elected leaders lack of sense, lack of greatness, and lack of education ?
Where is their desire for decency, respect, and veneration ? We seem to be led by very unpopular representatives unresponsive to a new century's desires and demands. Or, do they just reflect the sour attitude of we who elect them ? We must do our job better.
Ronald C. Downie