My family always has been passionate about politics. My grandfather, David Owsley, spent years involved in local politics.
I remember as a little girl, riding in the back of an old car with him during a parade. Being the oldest grandchild had some perks.
When I was in elementary school, I would pass out campaign business cards to my classmates. Honestly, I don’t think he even made political hands outs for all his elections, so these could have been left over from a previous election.
He didn’t always have campaign materials because he didn’t need them. He didn’t run on political promises, he ran on his character.
Character is defined as the “mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.”
Character was important in the sheriff’s office, circuit court clerk or any other office he held. In fact, that’s something many people remember about him.
Like any good public servant, even at the local level, national issues concerned him. Even on the week he died more than 30 years ago, his mind was constantly on financial trauma the country was in at the time.
So what happened Jan. 6 would be on his mind if he were alive today. And he would be upset by it.
When rioters stormed the Capitol, democracy was challenged as well as the character of our country. It was something we are used to seeing happen in other countries, not America.
It was not an act of patriots. Patriots defend and protect democracy. They don’t storm offices and demand leaders to do things that are contrary to the Constitution.
It was an example of bad character.
Character still means something. You can tell a lot about someone by the way they act, treat others and speak. Sure, some of that can be faked, but when it’s faked you eventually see through it.
The character of this nation is at stake. The character of the individual citizens of this country is at stake. There’s a lot at stake.