You won’t hear this from the pulpit, but…
The problems of this nation did not originate in Washington D.C.
The problems of this nation did not manifest themselves in the halls of Congress or in smoke filled rooms in Atlantic City, Chicago, or New York.
The problems of this nation are not the result of rulings in high profile court cases.
The problems of this nation are not really problems. They are the output of the systems we use in this country.
Anyone who works with systems knows that they produce exactly what they are designed to produce.
Once upon a time, I was a manager with The Oklahoman. The circulation department had a high turnover in district managers and contract carriers.
That’s the way the system was set up.
All of the briefs, Power Point presentations, and other horse hockey propaganda couldn’t change that. So long as the system remained unchanged, the result remained the same—continual turnover.
What was the system?
Long hours, low pay, compromised integrity, take it or leave it contracts, slow credits to contractors for falsified circulation, contractors who walked off the job because the newspaper company would not honor its part of the contract and because once district managers discovered that no one up the chain was going to change anything in the system, the best and brightest did what they always do when they discover they are not valued—they leave. Turmoil and turnover continue. The system produced exactly what it was set up to produce.
I don’t want to pick on the Oklahoma Publishing Company too much here. This is a widespread but unrecognized phenomenon in business and government.
The system produces what it is set up to produce not what management says it is set up to produce.
And so we come to our government.
It is doing exactly what it is set up to do. It produces laws, taxes, services, employment, unemployment, war, peace, détente, and gridlock because that is what it is set up to do. To change this system, however, you must change the people we send to operate it. We must send people with different motivations.
We must send statesmen instead of politicians.
For 235 years our system of government has produced exactly what it was set up to produce. We the people are responsible for the results of our government. It has done what it was set up to do.
If we want change in Washington, we must begin with change at home.
If we want prayer in school, we need to begin with prayer at home.
If we want God’s rules posted on the walls of our courthouses, we need to begin by posting them on our doorposts and talking about God and his wonderful way of living all day long.
It’s easy to point a finger at Washington and say, “what a bunch of clowns.” If we are accurate then we are responsible for commissioning this circus.
Positive change in this nation must begin in the family.
It must permeate the churches and synagogues and mosques of this country.
Real, effective government change must ooze from our municipal governments.
When that happens, those we send to our state capitals and to Washington D.C. will know that present day shenanigans just won’t cut it.
Our representatives get away with this today because they are our representatives. We get away with what we can instead of living the best we can. That’s what is reflected in our representation.
If we want to put this nation back on an ethical, moral, compassionate, and righteous course, we need to adjust the rudders of our personal and family lives first.
Today, we get exactly the representation that we worked for.
Are you willing to work for a better tomorrow?
Real change begins at home!