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Wanted: positive, just leader to help us move forward

Wanted: positive, just leader to help us move forward Wanted: positive, just leader to help us move forward

The primary voting is over in Indiana, and the results are in. But our election nationally is still active and unpredictable for most contested candidacies. We feel as though the race for the presidency has gone on forever, and it is easy to feel tired of it all. Think how the candidates must feel as they travel the country repeating the same mantras over and over. It’s easy to want to shout ‘Enough already.’ But, is it really?
One of the positive things about this campaign season is that more voters than ever are entering the discussion and the voting booths across the country. As volatile as it is, we are all talking about who said what and when they said it. It is tempting, amidst all the complications and change we encounter when trying to sort out the facts, to wish for a leader to whom we can hand over the whole mess. A representative democracy is a complicated beast.
Retired Indiana Ninth District Congressman Lee Hamilton writes about the complexities of our form of government all the time. I hope you read his column in this newspaper regularly. His words represent a voice not often heard in the thunder of trying to form a government and develop policy. He recently spoke at the Bloomington Ivy Tech O’Bannon Institute and emphatically said, ‘A representative and participatory democracy is hard work.’
Many candidates in their attempt to win your vote say they will do very specific things as soon as they get elected. For better or for worse, there is often a system of checks and balance in place that can slow or stop an action by any single person.
When I work in other countries with more autocratic governments and see how that spins out in the running of everyday life, I feel the dangers of those systems. We humans are too diverse to find one kind of anything fits us all the same. We must offer a variety of solutions, systems and compromises.
I am passionate about the need for a free flow of information. A free press is vital in today’s world. We at The Corydon Democrat try to present a variety of views. We strive for a balanced presentation of complex topics. I know we are called The Corydon Democrat, and we have had in-depth discussion about the name as our writers do not all espouse a Democrat party line.
In this day of emphasis on branding a product, we have chosen to keep our name even though what we write is really democratic in the small ‘d,’ meaning of a form of government, not a party.
So, back to what one person can do in government as a leader. A lot is the answer for both good and bad. That is why I get troubled by a leading presidential candidate saying our country is ‘going to hell’ and that he can bring it back to being great again. I guess he just doesn’t live where we do or go where we go.
I understand there are bad things happening in the world every day and that, through technology, they are brought to our attention instantly. Many folks are still suffering economically from the fallout of the recession and loss of good-paying jobs.
But, here are some of the things that took place in just one week that caused me to see our country in a more positive way.
April 15 ‘ Two young, educated, admirable professionals were married in a joyous family-orientated service in a new country church.
April 16 ‘ A spirited annual meeting of The Indiana Association of Business and Professional Women took place in Corydon.
April 17 ‘ 100 lively high school students appeared in a musical performance. They sang, played instruments and entertained a full auditorium.
April 18 ‘ Tax day came and went in a business-like fashion, while I received new, more effective hearing aids at a better price.
April 19 ‘ A tour and discussion took place at a farm donated by Zelpha Mitch to Indiana Landmarks. The land is to remain undeveloped as an inspiring high vantage point at the Georgetown exit off Interstate 64.
April 20 ‘ A current Supreme Court case was heard in the Old State Capitol Building. In an orderly, peaceful manner, arguments were presented from opposing sides. A historical marker was later dedicated on the town square lawn describing the legal decision made here in 1820 declaring ‘slavery can have no existence’ in Indiana.
April 21-22 ‘ 400 people gathered at the Ivy Tech Bloomington O’Bannon Institute to hear former Congressman Hamilton speak about our civic responsibility to participate in a representative form of democracy. Later, 1,200 hours of community service were performed by volunteers at sites such as The Salvation Army, a wildlife rescue center and a home for victims of domestic violence.
April 23-24 ‘ The Corydon Extravaganza was a thriving community gathering. A large, lively crowd relished the progress of the Harrison County Fairgrounds while purchasing artifacts of the past and visiting with friends and strangers.
Don’t tell me our country is in bad shape. You can’t spend a week like this without feeling we are a strong and wonderful group of people in a great country. We are looking for a positive and just leader to help us move forward in extraordinary times.