We must try harder to take care of each other

Greetings from the Ridge.

If your hand trembles then I’m with you. Mine does too. No matter which side of the political fence you may be sitting on this morning, it’s becoming increasingly hard to sleep when considering the state of the world. Former allies no longer smile when our nation is mentioned while we cozy up to some of history’s ugliest regimes.
Legislative progress has been laughable, as the word “statesman” has become rusty from disuse, replaced by “political hack.” It’s nothing new for elected officials to trash their principles for the sake of being reelected but the practice is now so commonplace that it’s taken as the rule instead of the exception. Old Diogenes could wear out his shoe leather searching for his “one honest man.”

Our forefathers warned us to keep the powers of government separate but the lines have become smudged as one branch becomes the toady of another. I may have been naïve to believe my fourth grade teacher when she told us that the United States was the shining hope of the world, but I still believe there was some truth in that. It seems that we’re drifting toward that precarious edge where we’re really not better than anyone else when it comes to principles. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>