"Formers"

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY DECEMBER 5, 2018

         WATCHING THE CEREMONY MONDAY AT THE U.S. CAPITOL FOR GEORGE H.W. BUSH I WAS REMINDED OF THE FLEETING NATURE OF EARTHLY POWER AND HOW FOOLISH IT IS FOR PEOPLE TO PURSUE IT.        

IN THE CROWD WERE A LOT OF AGING “FORMERS,” WHO ONCE HELD HIGH POSITIONS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT NOW ARE SHADOWS OF THEIR FORMER SELVES.

         MOMENTS LIKE THIS SHOULD GIVE US ALL PAUSE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST, TO MENTION A TITLE OF A BOOK I WROTE SOME YEARS AGO.

         WASHINGTON AND THE MEDIA OBSESS ABOUT EARTHLY POWER, EVEN WHEN IT IS INCAPABLE OF SOLVING FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS. IN MANY WAYS IT IS LIKE WORSHIPPING FALSE GODS OF WOOD AND GOLD AS IN ANCIENT BIBLICAL TIMES. THESE FALSE GODS CANNOT RESPOND TO THE HOPE WE PLACE IN THEM.

         BARBARA BUSH ONCE SAID IT MATTERS LESS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAN WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR HOUSE. INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS HAVE MORE POWER THAN ANY POLITICIAN TO DIRECT A LIFE. THINK ABOUT THAT AS YOU WATCH TODAY’S MEMORIAL SERVICE AND SEE ALL OF THOSE FORMERS, AND A FEW “CURRENTS” WHO WILL BE FORMERS SOON ENOUGH. I’M CAL THOMAS.