Politics Should be About Pursuing the Common Good

Just wanted to share a quote from my cousin and good friend, James H. Rolling, Jr., professor of art at Syracuse University.

“Politics is never about the struggle of good against evil. That totally misses the point of democracy and diversity. Please take the religion out of politics. Instead, politics is about the struggle for the COMMON GOOD. And what is absolutely wrong with politics today are those who are solely motivated to obstruct a fellow citizen in the good they are attempting to do. Just imagine: How many acts of kindness do we lose each day to the divisive beast that lives only to make other men and women fail?”

My sentiments exactly.

How should we define the common good? What’s your take?

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Politics Should be About Pursuing the Common Good

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    I agree with the professor, in that I believe we should be spending our time being constructive instead of destructive, and helpful instead of damaging. There is a division of opinion of what is constructive versus destructive on some issues. And, as I believe Mark Twain pointed out (to paraphrase), every decision and action have both positive and negative consequences, so our goal needs to be to maximize the positive and minimize the negative.

    The common good, then, is what is more constructive than destructive, more helpful than damaging.

    Unfortunately, deciding based on that criteria is not always easy or clear cut.

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