We don’t have the statesmen of old

Letter to the editor:

I have noted with interest the conflicting and opposing viewpoints with respect to the political issues of the day.

Back in the 1840s and 1850s people lived in similarly contentious times, but they had leaders in the Senate with varying political viewpoints: Clay, Webster and Calhoun. But they were working for the country.

Henry Clay wrote the following to his children on July 7, 1845:

“Your parents entertain fond hopes of you, and you ought to strive not to disappoint them. They wish you to be good, respected, eminent. You can realize all their most sanguine hopes, if you firmly resolve to do so, by judicious employment of your time and your faculties. Shun bad company, and all dissipation? Study diligently and perseveringly. You will be surprised at the ease with which you will master branches of knowledge, which on a first view, will frighten you. Make honor, probity, truth and principle your invariable guide. Be obedient, and always affectionately respectful to your parents. Assiduously cultivate virtue and religion, the surest guarantee of happiness both here and hereafter. In your intercourse with your fellow human beings, be firm, but at the same time, bland, courteous, and obliging. Recognize at all times the paramount right of your country to your most devoted services, whether she treat you ill or well and never let selfish views or interests predominate over the duties of patriotism.”

Right now we do not have statesmen such as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster or John Calhoun in the Senate; but the day will come when we do.


Tom Warren


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