As a young man the Jaycees - a service organization for men 36 and under - was an important part of my life and development. In Emporia the Jaycees were responsible for many accomplishments including things like helping obtain a positive vote for Emporia High School Bond election, sponsoring and building low and elderly housing projects like Eastgate Plaza and Stanton Heights and many other worthwhile projects.
A wonderful residual from those days is the Jaycee Creed.
It says: We believe:
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth's great treasure lies in human personality; and
That service to humanity is the best work of life.
What a thought provoking statement with every word of it still being relevant today!
What brought my attention to this creed was something David Brooks, the talented columnist for the New York Times said on Sunday.
He pointed out that while the media and many in congress are in an absolute frenzy to find Donald Trump's campaign guilty of collusion with the Russians “they may getting ahead of themselves,” because not much evidence has surfaced that the campaign and the Russians were in cahoots.
BUT, because Trump himself operates in what Brooks described as a "tribal mentality" he does not trust the rule of law to protect him.
In other words: Trump doesn't believe "government should be of laws rather that of men."
If he did he'd trust that the law of the land, which demands things like evidence, proof and due process, would eventually vindicate him.
President Trump's “tribal mentality” has worked for him in business where being loud, confident and powerful can often win the battle.
But, in leading and governing our country it isn't working very well for him because we have laws that actually supersede men!
When our president starts understanding this he will become more effective - and Not before!
I'm Steve Sauder and "there's something to think about!"