From the Founder’s Desk
Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience was published in 1849 but may be even more relevant today. He begins this classic with: “I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.”
In many respects we have become to dependent on our government and not taken ownership of our role as citizens and the power that is attached to it. As a Republic, the power resides in and with the people of the United States but along with the power comes responsibility. Of course as citizens we have rights and when in our favor many are quick to tout them but too often we hear or see little of the responsibilities that are inextricably linked which include:
- Support and defend the Constitution.
- Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
- Participate in the democratic process.
- Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
- Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
- Participate in your local community.
- Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
- Serve on a jury when called upon.
- Defend the country if the need should arise.
While we consider this often as the rights and responsibilities of individuals we should also consider the role of business and the application of the phrase Corporate Citizenship. In this context I like to remember the words of Thoreau who wrote “ It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. “