The Glamour of Knowledge and Dangers of Intellectual Servitude
By: Amy Lutz

James Madison once said, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”  In the words of the cliché, knowledge is power. Our Founders knew that a flourishing republic requires a well-educated citizenry. When people forsake the pursuit of knowledge, they surrender their power as well. Benjamin Franklin, never at a loss for words, made the point. “A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved.  It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”  Knowledge is essential to self-government. Ignorance results in external control. According to Thomas Jefferson, “A democracy cannot be both ignorant and free.”  Knowledge allows us to maintain and make the most of our liberty, but when laziness and ignorance emerge, freedom is vulnerable to theft. 

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Holding Out For A Hero
By: Amy Lutz

As I gazed across the crowded 2012 GOP presidential field, I was left wondering "Where have all the good men (or women) gone?" Sure, they all have great strengths and would be much better than our current Commander in Chief. Yet, none of the candidates really struck me as being "the guy (or girl)." I hoped that if Chris Christie jumped into the race he could breathe life into the presidential pool, but I've recently realized the error in that judgment. It's easy to believe that once we elect the "right" politician, all of our problems will be solved. Mitt Romeny, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, or another candidate will come riding in on a white horse to pull our nation back from the brink. However, that's the same mentality that got us into the fix we are in now. A majority of Americans bought into Barack Obama's promised of "hope" and "change" and propelled an inexperienced community organizer and brief Senator into the most powerful office in the world. Look where that decision got us. We put our faith into the wrong person. Or more actually, we put all of our faith in one person.

Our nation's salvation does not lie in the hands of Barack Obama. Or in the hands of Rick Perry or Mitt Romney for that matter. Humans are fallible and inclined to error by nature, so to put all our trust in a single man, woman, or political party is ignorant at best. The answer to our nation's woes lies in our faith in God and our faith in one another. Sure, a politician who embodies the faith our nation was built upon will assist in bringing us back from the brink of destruction, but they must be backed by a nation of value-oriented, motivated, and hard working citizens. The revivalism promoted by the Tea Party touches on such an ideological shift and cultural revolution. To truly save this nation, we don't need a Superman. Positive change begins in the hearts of individual and then spreads to families, communities, states, and finally the nation like wildfire.

When it comes to the 2012 GOP field, I'm not holding out for a hero. Change occurs from the bottom up, and is not solely in the hands of one political candidate. To set our nation back upon a positive course, we must first look at ourselves. Too long have American values of faith and fidelity gone down the tubes. We must first change our hearts before we change our nation and that takes time. A single election alone is not capable of completely shifting our nation's hearts and minds. We cannot hold out for a savior among a group of infighting politicians. We must first find the hero within ourselves and spread that faith to our families, friends, and nation.