Our first president, George Washington, warned us about the dangers
of putting any political party above the general interests of the
country. It would do well for Americans today to relearn this basic
lesson. Our loyalty must first and foremost be to the fundamental
principles upon which our nation was built, not to the finite interests
of political partisanship.
It is a fatal mistake to assume that any political party is the
harbinger of patriotism. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Patriotism means to
stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any
other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself
stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he
efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to
the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty
to stand by the country.”
My loyalty to a party or politician must be measured by his loyalty
to the fundamental principles on which America was founded. When I
remain loyal to a politician or party after they demonstrate an
unwillingness to be faithful to those immutable principles I am guilty
of disloyalty to my country.
Sadly, too many people today are willing to turn their backs on truth
for the sake of remaining loyal to the party. Democrats who railed for
justice when Richard Nixon was president looked the other way or even
defended crimes committed by Bill Clinton. Republicans who railed
against Bill Clinton refuse to examine the character, conduct and
positions of G. W. Bush.
David Schippers was the man hired by Rep. Henry Hyde to be the chief
counsel for the House Judiciary Committee’s prosecution of Clinton’s
impeachment before the Senate. Just recently he said:
- No one is fit to lead a free people who does not possess
unquestioned honor, integrity and courage. Unfortunately, while in
Washington I observed (this) principle ignored or turned upside down.
Duty has been corrupted into “what can you do for me,” truth into “what
can I make them believe,” and honesty into “what can I get away with.”
Win at any cost is the battle cry, and the standard is the end justifies
the means, honorable and dishonorable.
A leader is needed. One who can inspire both Congress and the people.
One who possesses the honesty to say exactly what he thinks, the
integrity to stick by his code regardless of the consequences, and the
courage to face down the enemies of this Republic, foreign and domestic.
Mr. Schippers went on to say that the man who possesses those
fundamental virtues is Alan Keyes.
That Mr. Keyes possesses the attributes of honesty, integrity and
courage seems obvious. What is not so clear is, do enough of the
American people possess them? If they did, could the political parties
be as corrupt as they are and would Alan Keyes be as far back in the
polls as he is?
Partisanship without principle will buy neither time nor favor. What
it will buy is a one way ticket to upheaval and ruin.