Political Prudence (Doctrines of an American)

The next part in the Declaration of Independence  is kind of hard to read. Their comma placement can make things difficult. But this next sentence should be read and understood especially in today’s political make up.


Prudence isn’t a word we use much in today’s society. So let’s just take a moment to understand exactly what prudence is.

Prudence would be one of the main reasons for this blog. Here are a few definitions found from a variety of sites:

  • the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
  • skill and good judgment in the use of resources
  • marked by wisdom or judiciousness
  • knows the right thing to do in each situation and acts upon that knowledge

Prudence would set aside petty differences and do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. Today, in the political arena, people are more concerned about WHO is behind something rather than whether it is right or not. It has been proven time and time again that something said by one’s political party is supported, but the very thing said by the other political party is opposed. There isn’t a thought to is this right or is this wrong.

So knowing what is right, and accepting it whether your political party supports it or not would be Prudence today.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;

Transient – is another obscure word today. It basically means lasting a very short time, here today, gone tomorrow.

This is coming off of the last thought that the people could change the government. It is a word of caution and guidance. It’s saying, that although we have the right, American Citizens have the right to change their government, it should be done with wisdom in knowing what is right and not just because of a fleeting thing.

So maybe it is time people start evaluating situations which are political based on the situation and not who is behind it. It should matter if a Democrat or a Republican is behind it. It should only matter if it is for the greater good of America as a whole. And sometime, what is the greater good for America, isn’t necessarily for the greater good of some individuals.

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