Most people these days will recognize Joe Biden as the vice president that served under Barack Obama during his two terms, but in truth Biden is much more than that. He’s been a US Senator since 1973, and also has the distinction of being the first Roman Catholic to hold the office of the vice president. He has had a long and distinguished career, with plenty of successes as well as stumbling points as is natural with such an occupation. His professed love for his country runs deep, and his patriotism, though questioned by his opponents throughout his career, has never once wavered.
Politicians are often perceived as being quite two-faced and duplicitous, both in the media and in person. However, their duties that are performed for the country and its people are not always fully understood by their detractors, and as a result come under heavy scrutiny on a regular basis. No matter their efforts, many politicians cannot help but make a few mistakes here and there during their career, but they are hounded for them even after the damage is done and a resolution is found. Much like an actor, a politician is often forced into the limelight in order to address the public. Unlike an actor however, a politician cannot always change personas and move onto the next act. In truth, they are a true inspiration to many thanks to their tireless efforts to serve a country that is continually at odds with them.
10. “A lucky person gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they're about to do and thinks it still matters.”
A politician will often come under fire for the smallest of actions, and in doing so must be able to weather the verbal and written abuse that is heaped upon them during their term. While they will no doubt garner support from many, they will also be granted an equal number of detractors that are confident that they are ruining the country in some obscure manner.
9. “Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.”
A politician must accept that they will make mistakes. It comes with the job, as most people would be able to attest to. But a true servant of the people will understand that throwing in the towel when things get hard is simply not acceptable. Those are the individuals that will weather the storm of criticism and remain steadfast in their efforts to keep the country from fraying at the edges.
8. “You know you're a success when you look at your kids and realize they turned out better than you.”
The dream for many parents is to see their children outdo them in nearly every venue. It gives a parent great pride to see that their son or daughter has surpassed them, as it means that they have done their job.
7. “If you do politics the right way, I believe, you can actually make people's lives better. And integrity is the minimum ante to get into the game.”
Politics is not the evil that plagues the country, though it is the platform from which morally flawed individuals tend to create laws and policies that do not adequately represent the people. The ante to get into the politics game might very well be integrity, but it is anything but a sure bet, and often incurs a debt that is difficult if not impossible to repay once lost.
6. “Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
What a person values should not be bound to what they can spend. If someone truly values something then they will gladly give whatever it takes to insure that such values are protected and even promoted. Personal values do not have a price tag, and if they do, then they are expendable commodities, not true values.
5. “Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people.”
The people make the government, not the other way around. Too many people have become caught up in the belief that the government is meant to solve all the ills of the nation and is in many ways infallible. This is not so, and cannot be the measuring stick by which individuals and families live their lives. People must rise up to serve a common purpose and shape the future of the nation, and their dependence on the government should remain as it always has, as the seat of leadership and little else.
4. “A gaffe in Washington is someone telling the truth, and telling the truth has never hurt me.”
Doubletalk is a way of life in politics, and nowhere is it as virulent as in Washington D.C. The nation’s capital is notorious for the truths and lies that intermingle and collide on a daily basis, and too often it is a stunning blend of both that is fed to the people of the United States. When the truth does finally come out, it is a welcome relief as well as a mild shock to the senses of America.
3. “The one place that David is equal to Goliath is in the Supreme Court.”
There is justice in America, but sometimes it must be taken to the only place where illusions are stripped away and equal footing is finally enforced. In this venue it is possible to gain absolute justice, no matter if it is what an individual expects or not. No one person is greater than anyone else when facing the Supreme Court, and justice is meted out in equal measures to all.
2. “No Ordinary American Cares About Their Constitutional Rights.”
Many ordinary Americans do not even know their constitutional rights unless they happen to be convenient enough to learn. Sadly the collective history of America is not known to many individuals, as it is a core class taught to children in primary and high school but never truly pressed if it is not demanded by the curriculum.
1. “We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society, for nothing suffocates the promise of America more than unbounded cynicism and indifference.”
Idealism equates to hope in many cases, as the belief that things could and will get better is the driving force behind making this country a working, breathing system in which each citizen watches out for one another. The cynical and indifferent individuals that spread the words of dissent and disharmony throughout the nation are entitled to their views, but must eventually see that the country requires unity, or it will eventually fall.
Written by Garrett Parker
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