"There is a new distrust of words, speech making, and theorizing which pervades our time. Our despair today is expressed in the demise of innocent trust in what people say. A man's word is no longer sacred. Cynicism, criticism, and complaining pollute the atmosphere. Our nation longs to hope again and yet the diminutive gods in which we have placed our hope in cultures, institutions, and government have fallen from the throne of inerrancy."
What I find interesting in this statement is that it sounds so current. Yet it was written in 1974! How sad, over 30 years and the trust in and value of words spoken is no better. It may be even worse. Today words are cheap. At best, at least in the political realm, the only power they seem to have is to tear down and destroy.
Promises made, for the most part, are only made for momentary gain. In today's climate of doing what is best for oneself, promises even when made with the best of intentions can easily be just walked away from. Promises are only words and words have no lasting meaning.
I am concerned about tomorrows electoral outcome. Not so much as to whether the Democrats, Republicans, or Tea Party candidates win. What I am worried about is that despite who wins, the war with worthless words and promises will go on and that we as a nation will become so bogged down in worthless rhetoric and name calling that people will continue to lose their jobs, homes, health care, and hope.
That all said....please do go out and VOTE tomorrow. It may seem a pointless and futile effort, but we can't give up. Just remember to vote not on the basis of the words spoken by the candidate, but really think about what direction you would like to see our country move in. I pray we will move forward and not back. I pray that somewhere out there is some sanity and some people who still believes that a man's word and promises are sacred, not just vehicles for momentary self gain and profit.