If you will notice today’s “quote of the day,” at the top of this page, it is both timely and historical. James Reston, who wrote these words, died from cancer in 1995 at the age of 86. He had retired from the "New York Times" only six years prior to his death, after 50 years of reporting, writing, and serving as the paper's Washington bureau chief and executive editor.

With all the political intrigue that is engineered along the Potomac, one might wonder how any real work ever gets done. Reston, obviously acutely aware of the many shenanigans inside the great Beltway, refers us somewhat posthumously to a fact of life that sometimes is illustrated on the silver screen in fiction pieces but also too often in our morning headlines as the myriad particles of political intrigue and even political espionage fall through the seams of democracy to give us visages of ulterior motives and conniving.

We are naive to think that our government is headed up and managed by a mass of selfless individuals who put the well being of their country above their egos and personal agendas. We should, however, hope that we have enough of those kind of people in high places to keep our proverbial ship from grounding on the rocks. Those individuals we call “statesmen.”

We owe it to ourselves and our country to demand “statesman” qualities of all those we elect/hire to see after our public business. This is not to say that they must be perfect because no one fits that description. But certainly we are not asking too much to routinely see integrity exude from the pores of their actions.

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