Tag Archives: Statesman

The 10/10/13 Joy Jar

10 Oct

One of the most inspiring LEADERS America has ever produced is Barbara Jordan:

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas’s 18th district

In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Succeeded by Mickey Leland

Texas State Senator from District 11

In office
Preceded by William T. “Bill” Moore

Succeeded by Chet Brooks

Personal details
Born Barbara Charline Jordan
February 21, 1936
Houston, Texas

Died January 17, 1996 (aged 59)
Austin, Texas

Resting place Texas State Cemetery
Austin, Texas

Political party Democratic

Profession Attorney
Religion Baptist


Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the political wisdom of a Barbara Jordan.

What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.
Barbara Jordan

We call ourselves public servants but I’ll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good.
Barbara Jordan

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
Barbara Jordan

A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.
Barbara Jordan

Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.
Barbara Jordan

For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.
Barbara Jordan

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.
Barbara Jordan

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse – what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.
Barbara Jordan

One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.
Barbara Jordan

The imperative is to define what is right and do it.
Barbara Jordan

But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.
Barbara Jordan

If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.
Barbara Jordan

There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.
Barbara Jordan

More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.
Barbara Jordan

Life is too large to hang out a sign: ‘For Men Only.’
Barbara Jordan

We cannot improve on the system of government handed down to us by the founders of the Republic. There is no way to improve upon that. But what we can do is to find new ways to implement that system and realize our destiny.
Barbara Jordan

The 03/01/13 Joy Jar

28 Feb

Moi was watching the news and wondering if the ‘Sequester” is all heat and definitely no light. The news chronicled how across-the-board cuts would affect a variety of people. One women who was profiled lives in public housing and takes a variety of medications. The housing manager said that long term cuts would mean that fewer people could apply for housing as housing would be cut back. There would be quite a bit of deferred maintenance. Maybe the reason that the ‘leaders’ are holding onto their ideology is because so few of them are affected by the worst that could happen. Ideology and principles have their place, but ideology simply in pursuit of votes is nothing to glory in. We have entered a period of the permanent political campaign which leaves the well-being of the populace out of the calculation. There are very few statesmen or stateswomen. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is that elusive person, the statesman.

The difference is that a statesman thinks he belongs to the State, and a politician thinks the State belongs to him”                                                   


A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.”

James Freeman Clarke

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth”

Adlai E. Stevenson

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.”                                                                                                        Aristotle

The man who is dishonest as a statesman would be a dishonest man in any station”                                                                                                         Thomas Jefferson

A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement”                                                    Abba Eban