Sen. Frank Carlson from Kansas wrote, "God and the world need men who will stand in the gap ... men who are not for sale; men who are honest, sound from center to circumference, true to the heart's core; men with consciences as steady as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right if the heavens totter and the earth reels; men who can tell the truth and look the world right in the eye; men who neither brag nor run; men who neither flag nor flinch; men who can have courage without shouting it; men in whom the courage of everlasting life runs still, deep, and strong; men who know their message and tell it; men who know their place and fill it; men who know their business and attend to it; men who will not lie, shirk, or dodge; men who are not too lazy to work, nor too proud to be poor; men who are willing to eat what they have earned and wear what they have paid for; men who are not ashamed to say 'No' with emphasis and who are not ashamed to say 'I can't afford it.'"
Carlson described a great need in our country today. If we had men and women like this in abundance, our society would be dramatically improved. Our homes would be happier and healthier; our educational programs would be more effective; illegitimacy would drop dramatically; crime would be substantially reduced; the streets would be safe; opportunities would be greater; and everyone would benefit as a result.
The exciting thing is that everything Carlson has described can be taught. However, it needs to be taught at home, reinforced in the schoolroom, implemented in the business community and practiced in the political arena. Take Carlson's message, put it to work, and then all of us can go to the top!
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