Good leaders know the Spirit of their people
August in Arkansas. If you’ve ever experienced it you don’t want to again. Kinda like having an out-of-touch President. But it might be useful. Just as hard exercise hurts but may be useful. But only if you use the experience wisely.
An Arkansas August can help you appreciate the North, but won’t help those who still detest Yankees. Hard exercise can build health and resistance to disease, but only if pursued in moderation. An out-of-touch President could awaken us to the silly self-appointed elite which controls our government and universities.
The yellow dog Democrats or true-blue Republicans likely won’t wake up. Those archetypes just spin any experience so it makes their tribe look good. Sometimes, however, an experience is so unrelenting that even the most die-hard true believers can’t spin it.
Such is the case in August 2010. Dozens of 100 degree days can’t be denied, August in Arkansas is too hot. Dozens of major and minor decisions regarding Muslims by our our out-of-touch Commander-in-Chief also can’t be denied. Our Dear Leader is out of touch with America.
When he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, we could call it an aberration. When he gave NASA the primary mission of reaching out to the Islamic world, we could overlook it. But these actions and many others should paint a picture as vivid as that painted by 20 100 degree days in a row.
So when President Cool announces to a world-wide audience that Moslems have a right to build a mosque on the site where Moslems killed thousands of Americans, it should be easy to connect the dots. Should be. Not for some true believers.
When a poll comes out which shows Americans increasingly think President Cool is Moslem, the media elite was quick to denounce the ignorance of Americans. Lost in facts, they can’t see the truth. Many Americans are not surrendering to superficial facts. Instead they are seeing the truth behind those superficial facts.
But whether or not our President is a Moslem at heart is not the basic problem. The problem is elites who are out of touch with the people.
We now have a Supreme Court made up of people all from two knee-jerk liberal universities who mastered the liberal arts and then the lawyering arts. The rest of America’s self-appointed elites are from the same litter.
They have spent their lives in institutions which are as far from American ingenuity in manufacturing and engineering as Alaska is from Arkansas in August. Though the strength of any country depends on its ingenuity in manufacturing and engineering, they have been undermined by the liberal and lawyering arts for generations in America.
Created as a country governed by law, America has come to be governed by lawyers. Lawyers are no longer the protectors of truth and right. They now protect only money and the right to take yours. Lawyers live and die by the letter of the law. Many have forgotten the timeless wisdom of the New Testament: the letter of the law kills, but the spirit of the law gives life.
Our Dear Leader and his lawyering coterie are skilled at following the letter of the law. And finding ways to interpret it to turn any insistent interest group into an entitled interest group.
Most Americans are not nearly so adept at the letter of the law, but far less blinded to the spirit behind the law.
These Americans are not so blinded by superficial facts that they can’t see devotion to Islam when it is repeated thrown in their faces. But whether or not our Dear Leader is muslim is a side issue. The central issue is the great divide between the knee jerk liberal lawyer-professors and the average Americans who built this country. And who will have to rebuild it if it is destroyed by the knee jerk liberal lawyer-professors.
Every tribe and nation has suffered leaders who were out of touch with their people. Even thoroughly undemocratic nations, such as modern China, have governments which advocate listening for and following the spirit of the people so they can do what is best for the country. But time after time, in country after country, a minority elite convinces itself that what is best for the country is not consistent with the will and spirit of the people.
Any leader which loses touch with the spirit of his people will either lose power or have to use force to impose his will.
Listen to the Spirit of the people. In America that spirit is still Christian. It’s the foundation of our culture, our literature, our laws. It’s the spirit which sets us free. It’s the Spirit which gives life. It’s the foundation of the law but it’s beyond the law. Any leader must go beyond the letter of the law to understand that spirit. Leaders who don’t become autocratic bosses and destroy their countries.