On a whirlwind round-trip from Boulder (Colorado) to Boston that lasted less than 48 hours, I had the great honor of meeting Senator Brown, as I was one of the runners-up in the July 4th essay contest. (I'm the bald headed guy in the group photo in the "Campaign Event" post on Aug 24.) Though the omnipresent Boston drizzle lasted the entire trip, I managed to visit a few historic sites. The one that made the deepest impression was Faneuil Hall "The Cradle of Liberty." Sitting in one of the old wooden folding chairs, I was struck by how unique our country is in the fact that America has a birth place and a birth time. Those who pushed for America's independence debated their position in the Great Hall. The vision of America began to coalesce in the presence of these revolutionaries -- a country free of tyranny and oppression.
Then I considered where America is today. What would those men of Faneuil Hall think about our government today? I wondered if any of our modern politicians could stand toe-to-toe and debate with those men who were willing to die for our freedom and liberty. Could they look those statesmen in the eye and be free of conscience? Do they serve themselves or their country? Does anyone today even know the difference between a Politician and a Statesman? Could anyone today stand in the presence of those statesmen of Faneuil Hall?
For the first time in a long time I was encouraged when I met Senator Brown. His heart seemed genuine and his desire to represent The People seemed forthright. I would never use these words lightly: I think I met a true Statesman on my trip to Boston when I met Senator Brown. Our country will only be restored when Washington is filled with men and women who share his heart. Let us not stand for career politicians who serve only themselves and the interests of those who will re-elect them. But, let us put in place those true Statesmen (men and women) who have in their hearts the good of the whole country – America The Great.