Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The art of governing

Don't lose hope. Although our elected officials have a hard job, it does not require genius or inspiration.

The legislature doesn't have to make music or create something beautiful or inspiring or timeless. They just need to respond to current economic and social circumstances. They merely need to manage public money.

They don't have to write documents that must last centuries or qualify as literature. They just need to make laws that reflect sound public policy for a time.

They don't have to invent fairness, justice, freedom and equality. They just have to honor and uphold them.

They don't have to play violin on a tightrope. Some days, for variety we all might wish they did.