AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  John MacEachern, iHank LeGrand, iChynna Laird, iAl Moe, iShawn Cormier, iJohn DeDakis, iJames Boyle, i

  Home > Political Science > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Virginia Tolles

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· Messages
· 46 Titles
· 51 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Aug, 2006

Virginia Tolles, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Big Bucks from Tired Dumps
by Alan Greenhalgh

Easy to learn home renovation from the experts of DIY who have made excellent profits from bringing tired homes back to life...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
America's Greatest Blunder: The Fateful Decision to Enter Wo
by Burton Pines

America had no reason to enter WWI. By doing so, it broke the battlefield stalemate, allowing Britain & France to impose a punishing peace on Germany - which led to Hitle..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





   Recent articles by
Virginia Tolles

Fourth of July
UPDATE: SAVE THE HARVEY HOUSE HAVASU
From Walton's Mountain to Monticello - And Back Again
Save the Harvey House Havasu in Seligman, Arizona
Society's Deadly Game
On Conformity and Mediocrity
A Celebrity Encounter
You Will Find What You Are Looking For
Celebrating Our Religious and Cultural Differences
Sites Along My Journey - Sedalia, Missouri
Sites Along My Journey - Kansas City's Union Station
Sites Along My Journey - Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
           >> View all

In Honor of Those Who Serve Us
By Virginia Tolles   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, April 19, 2007
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


The author wrote this after reading a distasteful parody of "The Emperor's New Clothes" in which President Bush was the shown as the emperor.

Now, don't take me wrong. I know there are public servants who abuse the power of their positions. Sad, but true . Most, however, are dedicated to the task of representing their constituents. For that we can and should be grateful.

In the movie, The American President, the lead character, President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas, gives a speech in which he says the American form of government is Advanced Citizenship. It is. How many governments, past or present, have been designed so that men and women could be elected to represent the entire population? Not many. A few more exist on paper but fall short in actual practice.

In the United States, 535 elected members of Congress represent 280,000,000 Americans. Wow! That is a lot of responsibility. It becomes even more remarkable when we realize that no two people think alike - not even identical twins, who began life as a single cell, think alike.

Case in point, how many times have we made statements like, "Isn't that a pretty red dress!" only to have someone come back with, "It's pretty, but it's not red; it's hot pink"? Beauty (or red, in this case) is in the eye of the beholder.

To one person, granting broad freedoms is the open-minded, democratic way of life. To another person with a very similar educational level and lifestyle, granting broad freedoms is asking for trouble. Broad freedoms are also in the eye of the beholder. Yet, we grapple with such issues every day. Rather than have all 280 million of us battling it out in the streets, we elect representatives to debate it all in Congress...and the state legislatures...and the county councils...and the city councils...and the school boards...and among the club officers...ad infinitum.

We really have to tip our hats to the man or woman who would step up to the plate, knowing full well how much disagreement they will face.

Sadly, it has become popular to find fault with our elected representatives. In some cases, it seems as though the fault-finders would criticize which side he or she parts his or her hair on if they could not come up with anything else to fault.

Let's move away from this. Let's start looking for what's right with our elected officials. If we can't find enough that's right with them, then let's elect someone different next time. Also, if we find ourselves called upon to serve in a representative capacity - even as coach of the local soccer team - let's pray that we will serve to the best of our ability. So, too, should we pray for our elected officials.

For those of you who might wish to take issue with me, this comes straight from the Bible, which says, "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you." (Hebrews 13:17 NIV).

April 19, 2007
Copyright 2007 by Virginia Tolles

Web Site: Tales Along the Way Home: A Story of Growing Faith


Reader Reviews for "In Honor of Those Who Serve Us"


Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by Pete Grasso 4/19/2007
Amen... That is why I am considering an Independent run. http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewnews.asp?AuthorID=44353&id=16837
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/19/2007
Interesting thought provoker you have penned; frankly, I am sick of all the Bush Baashing going on. He may not be our best president we ever had, but he IS our leader, and we must respect him, right or wrong. I choose to respect him.

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(



Free Download - Putin's Russia by Sam Vaknin

Russia's economy and politics under Vladimir Putin. ..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members