John Dingell: How to Fix Government – The Atlantic

John Dingell spent six decades in Congress, so there’s no one alive who knows more about how and why it works and doesn’t than him. In fact, I’d go so far as to say there’s almost no one in our entire history who had as much firsthand knowledge as him. He knows of what he speaks. Listen up!

As a young man, I served in the Army during World War II. My father was a member of Congress. I learned from him and, later, from my own experience that history always repeats itself unless we remember it with clarity and conscience.Now I am an old man. My age bears with it a responsibility to share what I’ve witnessed so that future generations avoid making the same mistakes. My advice always begins with the truth, which is why would-be despots and demagogues try so hard to discredit it. They hate it like the devil hates holy water.The conduct and outcome of the 2016 presidential election have put the future of our country in mortal peril. After a lifetime spent in public service, I never believed that day would come. Yet it has. And we now find ourselves on the precipice of a great cliff. Our next step is either into the abyss or toward a higher moral ground. Since before the Civil War, we’ve been told that “Providence watches over fools, drunkards, and the United States.” Yet the good Lord also granted us free will. The direction we choose to follow is ours alone to make. We ask only that he guide our choice with his wisdom and his grace.It’s up to you, my dear friends.

Source: John Dingell: How to Fix Government – The Atlantic

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