Saturday, July 14, 2012

The American Narrative Has a New Statesman

In the last six decades, statesmen in American have been few and far between. Webster's dictionary defines a statesman as "one who exercises political leadership wisely and without narrow partisanship in the general interest."

Maybe this is why President George Washington spoke against political parties in his Farewell Address as their creation kept individuals from being statesmen because human greed and self interest took over.

However with the increase speculation that former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, is being considered as the running mate with Mitt Romney suggests we now be seeing our next outstanding statesman. (Yes I now she is a woman, but let's forget the political correctness shall we? For the word man is symbolic of mankind, human beings.)

In listening to a recent speech given by Condoleezza Rice I was impressed that she clearly articulated the American narrative and this is very unusual. In this speech she made many excellent observations that received two standing ovations. However this one I found particularly impressive:

"It is a narrative that is being pushed by our current president, that 'I'm doing poorly because you're doing well. That has never been the American narrative. Ours has never been a narrative of aggrievement, and ours has never been a narrative of entitlement." 

The American narrative was founded on meritocracy and this is a word many dislike because it does not allow room for entitlement mentality such as we hear daily about the "fat cats," "I owed this or that,", etc.

Possibly Dr. Rice will continue to stay out of the political limelight. However, maybe she will recognize the nation once again needs a statesman and will answer that call to continue the American narrative.

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Anonymous said...

Very well put. I did not, I will not, vote for BHO. I most likely would have voted for Colin Powell. Condoleezza Rice has certainly gained my respect, and probably my vote.

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