What would Ben do?
To the Editor:
Politicians today are obsessed with polls.
They live, eat, breathe and sleep with polls on their minds. They do not act or speak without having first studied the polls. It is not about doing what is morally right, constitutionally correct or in the best interests of the people. It is about taking actions or making statements that allow them to attain, maintain or increase political power.
Before our Declaration of Independence, men such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington did not have the benefit or the burden of national polls. They were guided by a conscience firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. They were committed to doing what was right, not what was popular.
They so firmly believed in the need to declare their separation from British rule that they were willing to risk careers, fortunes, family and even their lives. They did not consult the papers, political strategists or journalistic pundits.
If indeed there were polls, the polls likely would have said that these men were extremists, traitors, hate-mongers and radicals. Had they listened to polls, we still would be under British control.
John Boehner once remarked that, “Sometimes it is difficult to do the right thing.” Indeed, given the lack of political moral fiber and courage, it has proved impossible.
When it comes to Mr. Franklin and the other founding fathers, our politicians should be asking, “What would Ben do?”