One of the most profound political science lessons I learned in college was in a history class. Dr. Jensen said, “When a president of the United States is elected, he is no longer a Republican president or a Democrat president, he is the president of the United States.” He explained the new president is neither red nor blue, but represents, defends and supports all Americans, and should not solely favor or serve the political wishes of the party that elected him.
When that twin vision does not exist, our nation gets polarized, mean spirited and divisive; and the party in power works toward a one party system so they can dominate, control and overpower the other party, forgetting one of our nation’s most honored guiding principles “...one nation under God.”
Hugh B. Brown once said, “We must strive to develop a maturity of mind and emotion that we can differ; and allow within the bounds of our definition of religious orthodoxy, a variation of political belief.”
Morris Bastian, Boise
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