Principles vs. Principals

Do you the difference between those two words?

A Principle is an idea.

A Principal is a person.

I learned this when I was 8 years old that the Principal of my school was my pal.

He wasn’t really but I learned the lesson that has stuck with me for 40 years.

Life is a combination of people and ideas and we need to be careful about how much value we place in either/both.

A tremendous amount of lying took place in the election we just completed.

Can we separate the candidate and their values from the ugliness of the campaign?

Not many, if any, can completely.

My recommendation is to decide which principles you value most.

What are the most important issues that you would fight for if you were elected?

What issues are you willing to compromise on because they are lower on your list?

These are more important to know before you look at the personalities of the people who are either running for office or are now elected.

We hear talk about how we are back to where we were before this election with a divided government due to a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate and the re-election of President Obama.  They say this spells GRIDLOCK.

Too many people standing up for their Principles and becoming Principals for their side.

I appreciate people who know what they value and live by those convictions.

But like nearly everyone else who has been married, you need to know what areas you are willing to give up to create a functioning relationship.

We, the people of these United States want you, the elected to take the steps required to move this country forward.

Even if it is going to piss off some of those who elected you because you are going against principles that you adopted to get elected.

This means we expect more regulation in some areas, less in others, and an overall streamlining of the process of getting things done.

Republicans have been pushing for a smaller, more efficient Federal government for years.

During hurricane Sandy, President Obama had a similar message:

“My message to the federal government: no bureaucracy, no red tape,” said Mr. Obama, flanked by Red Cross employees. “Get resources where they’re needed as fast as possible.” Referring to a call he held earlier with 20 governors and mayors, Mr. Obama said he told them, “If they’re getting ‘no’ for an answer somewhere in the federal government, they can call me personally at the White House.”

Now I hope you join me in holding those elected officials feet to the fire for doing what it takes to get this country back on track.  it’s time for each of us to be less divisive and find areas to work cooperatively.

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