Pratt: The problem lies not in others, but in ourselves

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People in certain professions have tests they must pass to show capability for the task ahead such as practicing law or medicine, teaching, architecture/construction – the list varying in terms of public safety issues, location and law.At times, there is little to recommend those we entrust with the fate of a nation, nor is there real effort to demand a semblance of truthfulness in our political debates.Experts in the science of lying and posturing abound. Some are so destitute of reason that they resort to inciting violence rather than address issues truthfully.Because they knew the results of mob action in the French Revolution, American leaders chafing against English rule took note of the bestiality of the mob’s indiscriminate looting, killing and burning. Failure of the mob resulted into even worse behaviors by a citizenry crazed by dreams of power, which they had no means, plans or skills to accomplish.Some young, adventurous men sailed across the seas to taste freedom after the discovery of a new continent. Others, considered undesirables in England, or maybe I should say “deplorables,” were sent on the dangerous journey across the oceans. But freedom would not happen without a better plan than …

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