I’m currently reading “Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul” by John Kasich, former U.S. Congressman and host of Fox News’ “Heartland.” I didn’t think too much about him because his district was near Columbus, but I’m finding that he probably was one of our better politicians. He did not care what side of the aisle you were on, if you had similar ideas for improving something, he’d work with you.
Kasich refers to the state of our current political upheaval as a possible lack of leadership and that we need strong leaders who will put the country first and their party second. I’d have to agree with that. Everyone is so wrapped up in their political identity and who can hold the most power, that they are forgetting why they are in Washington and who got them there! Kasich’s idea to improve this situation is common sense really, but politicians are so busy playing their games and talking the talk, they forget to actually walk the walk.
Good politics shouldn’t be about us or them. It shouldn’t be about winning or losing. Good politics should be about doing. If you win, that’s great. If you lose, that’s okay, too, as long as you’ve worked tirelessly for your ideas and your ideals. As long as you’ve done something – because here again, the accomplishment is in the doing. It’s in the effort, the taking care. Talk to a successful businessperson and he or she will tell you their version of the same thing. They’ll tell you they’re not searching for profits, but for excellence. Build the best widget, design the best system, offer the best customer service and the profit will come. Run the tightest ship and you’re less likely to spring a leak. In politics, if you’re always searching for votes you’re a panderer. Ultimately, you get the votes because you stand for something. In business, if you’re always searching for excellence you’re an industry leader and it’s clear to all what it is you stand for: quality, achievement, value. Ultimately, you get the business because you’ve earned it.
I was raised with strong values and a good work ethic and I can’t believe I was the only one. I’m sure that there are many of us out there who were raised this way and to see our country turned upside-down by greed, narcissism and lack of morals is so disheartening. We need to go back to what’s right, to what’s solid, to what’s real. Kasich puts the qualities our politicians need and what we all should be doing in this way:
Honesty. Integrity. Personal responsibility. Faith. Humility. Accountability.
Being a good friend and neighbor.
Believing in ourselves.
Believing in something bigger than ourselves.
Leaving the world a better place for our being here.
Trusting in our fellow man.
I couldn’t agree more. “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”