Political Wisdom

A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.
-President Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ might not have been the greatest President of the United States. He took over for Kennedy after the assassination, presided over an escalating quagmire in Vietnam, tried to navigate through racial unrest, and was tired of being rejected by the American people. But his quotation above, similar to others he had made in public, goes to a basic truth that we must know not only for our leaders, but also for our children. It is the cornerstone of this and every other functioning society on this globe. It is the mechanism of right and wrong.

Let’s face it, doing the right thing is easy. You just do it. The hard part is figuring out what the right thing is. You’ve got colleagues, cohorts, friends, family, teachers and experts all trying to tell you what the right thing is. And being able to sort through that rancor to know what is right, in your own heart, is not easy. It’s why many parents say “if I can only help my child learn the difference between right and wrong, I’ll have done my job.” It’s why it’s so hard to elect a leader these days… they are all trying to tell us what they think we want to hear without answering the fundamental question.

What is right?


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