Rotary test might help president-elect, all officials

From the Publisher

The 45th President of the United States will be sworn in this Friday.
Donald Trump’s inauguration – at least on the surface – will look the same as 44 presidents that have preceded him.
But a closer examination shows a divided country looking for answers from a messenger who is clearly still finding his way.
Hasn’t that always been the case on some level? No president that goes through his first inauguration has ever been president before so on the job training is part of the requirement.
Everybody also hopes for the best even though there is no real definition of what “the best” really is. One thing is for sure, the system of checks and balances that guides our country will surely be tested and it needs to be.
President-elect Trump has already proven he is going to try to shake up how Washington, DC., does business and ran on a platform of draining the swamp.
He won. It is his swamp to drain as he sees fit…with some adult supervision.
Clearly voters wanted change and change is coming.
Here’s a suggestion for a baseline.

The Laurel Rotary Club has had an ongoing and friendly discussion about the election and politics in general. Since the group is nonpolitical and doesn’t endorse, the talk usually centers around ideas and not around personalities.
In fact, Bobcats versus Grizzlies discussions are more juicy than Trump versus Clinton ever were.
Rotary is a civic organization that has a unique test to guide it. It was suggested to me awhile ago that every politician should raise their right hand and promise to live up to the Four-Way Test before they take office.
It goes like this:
“Of all the things we think, say or do:
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

Wouldn’t that be great?

The country is in need of leadership right now and if all elected folks just told the truth and made decisions that would be “beneficial to all concerned” we would be in a better place.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook

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