One of the most important things I've learned in the past almost 69 years is that it's going to take way more than politicians to get this country back on the right track. This is a lesson that didn't come easily to me.
I grew up wanting to make this a better world and from a young age I saw politics as a way to do this.
I got involved at a young age in a wide-variety of groups and with an array of politicians. I even spent my working life in and around politics and politicians. And then I retired and I had time to think about what I had done and who and what was making a difference in this world.
It wasn't politicians, programs, jobs. The problems were way bigger than an individual leader, program and job. Not even Jack Bauer from television's "24" could solve this country's problems.
What's the answer? It's revolves around changing people's hearts. They--including me--have to start thinking about others first. They have to love everybody. And that means more than raising taxes to start a program. Is this worth further discussion? Most definitely.
This is #16 in my list of 69 Things I've Learned as I turn the corner on becoming 69 years old.