Sunday, October 08, 2006

Community Building

I was going to blog about the mess that is the Mark Foley scandal, but I decided to change course at the last second.

Instead, what I would like to talk about is building community. It is imperative that we here on the left find ways to unify together for sake of common purpose. The right has done a much more effective job of it then we have and we are finding ourselves playing catch up, much to our own detriment. We have the best chance we have had in a long time to make some desperately needed changes and let us strive to put our money where our mouths are.

I find all too often these days that parents come across to their children more as friends than as authority figures and role models. Today's generation contains attitudes of entitlement and selfishness such that I have not seen ever before.

This post-modern attitude of noting every last distinction down to the micrometer has proven to be our own undoing.

We cannot allow minority groups to hold up the process of bringing work to the table. When decisions for change are made, it is inevitable that certain people will get mad and leave. Instead of wasting time chasing after them and making concessions to their every qualm, it is best that we let them go. Doing otherwise will only foster a sense of disunity. It will empower other disgruntled members to voice their own concerns and all will be too concerned with
tearing down and voicing concerns to make any change.

The concept of tough love comes into play. And this goes for parenting as well as politics.
Life isn't fair. You don't get everything you want. The world does not owe anyone a living.

Rather, we owe our living to the benefit of the world.

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