Regular readers of this column will recognize this theme — this time instead of me saying it — it’s Charles Krauthammer. The follow excerpt is from an article by Kathryn Lopez who writes for both Townhall.com and National Review. I’ve italicized Krauthammer’s words, though Lopez frames them nicely:
There is, of course, much more to life than politics. But as Krauthammer points out, there is actually no escaping politics. “Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything,” he writes, “because, in the end, everything … lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933.”
When we think that we are above politics, that we don’t need to get our hands dirty paying attention to who it is we are electing, or to policy and pending decisions, we are shirking a responsibility. Disengagement is dangerous; engagement is our civic duty.
How do you get your politics right? There is a symbiosis between right living and healthy politics. Our politics reflect our individual and community lives. Character matters are political matters.