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Despite Imperfection, Onward and Upward

The ways I show my love for the Constitution are not influenced to any great degree by the fact that the document is [im]perfect. I am able to love my wife — to serve, protect, and provide for her — even though she, like I, has plenty of flaws. I have many goals and aspirations, and though I often do not live up to them, my wife still loves me. Similarly, we as a nation have repeatedly fallen short of the lofty goals the founders had in creating the Constitution. Though many might argue that this increasing separation is cause for a proverbial divorce, I contend that loving the Constitution–promoting it, defending it, and doing whatever is in our power to see it succeed–can once again restore its intent and realize its goals to secure for each of us the blessings of liberty.

The above is an excerpt from a blog post by Utah political activist Connor Boyack, founder of the Libertas Institute.  We should follow Connor’s example and not get too discouraged when faced with imperfection.  We are surrounded by imperfect systems, imperfect governments, imperfect churches, imperfect political parties, and imperfect people.  Yet we should not be any more discouraged with these than we are with our less-than-perfect spouse, nor any less committed to finding a way to make it work, for the benefit of ourselves, and our families, and our future posterity.

Some people resist working within imperfect systems or organizations, or among imperfect people.  May I recommend that we look upon the imperfections of our life much as a goldsmith would look upon finding some useless ore, interlaced with traces of Gold.  To extract the Gold, the work of the Smith will be slow and tedious, the heat will reach seemingly unbearable limits, and the hammer will have to fall again and again before the dross is expelled and only the pure gold remains…but it will be worth it.  If we roll up our sleeves and persist in purging a fallen society, stroke by stroke, from the dross of ignorance and deceit, then I personally feel that we are fulfilling virtuous lives, even if we find ourselves covered with soot upon leaving the fiery forges of public debate and moral contest.

So enter the Debate, Kindle the Fires of Freedom, and never mind if you have to take a bath afterward — you will have forged something valuable.