NO MATTER HOW BRIGHT OR DIM, COMMON OR UNCOMMON, FAMOUS OR UNNOTED, WE ALL END OUR JOURNEY IN THE SAME PLACE AND FASHION.
Thoughtful Pauses: A Political Philosophy is a gripping and potent work that concentrates on the foibles of the American government and expresses the musings of a man who worked within this same system, communicating some of the author’s political and philosophic thoughts discerned throughout the years about society, government and the law.
While it may be that democracy is the most saleable of all the forms of government, to Merhige, it is the form that requires the most need for care by the people as its appeal for acceptance can lull the populace to sleep. To borrow a paraphrase from Abraham Lincoln, “Government for the people” can only be insured through the active vigilance and participation of “government of and by the people.”
As Merhige explains, the law is one of the guarantors of justice, peace and tranquility in society. Yet, the often-repeated phrase, “Government of law and not of men” can mislead since, in truth, government of law is merely government organized and determined by men or the people.
“No law, no matter how equitably written, will secure justice when implemented by dishonest men,” writes Merhige. “No law, no matter how poorly written, will deter justice when guarded by men of good will.”
And politicians are not the only targets Merhige takes aim at in the book, citing both technology and the media as powerful weapons also influencing the thinking and actions of a misinformed or ill-informed public.
In this thought-provoking book, Merhige inspires readers to ponder, and to view their nation, its culture and governing systems more closely.