"Go along to get along" clearly is still the order of the day for many. Power is not easy to wrest from the corrupt, from the entitled, from the lazy, or from the compromised.
That said. We must. At least we must make a good-faith effort to try.
Abraham Lincoln once said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
At what point do we admit we are faltering? At what point do we snap out of it and better vet those who proclaim themselves our "leaders?" At what point do we scream at our politicians: "We will compromise our principles no more."
The next test is upon us. The results in 2012 will speak volumes about where we are as a people and a nation.
Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and an author.
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