One of the great men in American History was Henry Clay. On one occasion he was preparing for his presidential campaign when a certain issue arose in Congress. Because of his opposition to this issue, he wrote a speech expressing his deep-seated views. Before presenting it to Congress he called a friend into his Congressional office and asked him to read the speech he would be making. The gentleman exclaimed in amazement, “Mr. Clay, if you present this to Congress it will cost you the presidency of the United States!”
Henry Clay answered him, “That’s not he question! The question is do you think I am right?”
The man replied, “Yes sir, I believe you are right.”
Then Henry gave this inspiring answer, “I would rather be right then to be the president of the United States!”
It took a lot of courage for Henry Clay to make such a statement. Sometimes it takes far more courage to live up to our own convictions of right and wrong than it does to face danger. A person who does the right thing in spite of criticism sometimes has more courage than a person who does a dangerous feat… I for one would rather leave a legacy of being right then being popular! How about you?
Until next time take care, Joe