We have a terrible habit as Americans of forgetting history. Perhaps it is due to the fact that our national history is so brief when compared to other nations. However, there are many lessons we can learn from our short history. Our elected officials should periodically consider the wisdom of their predecessors from centuries past.
On a recent vacation, our family stopped at the massive statue of Sam Houston in Huntsville, TX along I-45. On the plaque at the base of the statue, there was a quote from Houston. In light of the current political campaign season, I believe this quote is very pertinent to the United States
The great misfortune is that a notion obtains with those in power that the world, or the people, require more governing than is necessary. To govern well is a great science, but no country is ever improved by too much governing…most men think when they are elevated to position, that it requires an effort to discharge their duties, and they leave common sense out of the question.
-Sam Houston, President of Republic of Texas, Governor of Texas, Governor of Tennessee, U.S. Congressman-TN, U.S. Senator-TX