President Bush Tried To Make the World a Better Place: Does Your Credit Union?

December 6, 2018 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Image result for president bushAs I was listening to the eulogies for President Bush last night, I couldn’t help but notice how often I heard words like loyalty, decency, public service, leadership, competitiveness humor and compassion. It struck me that this language has become antiquated and naïve sounding less than 30 years after a man who dedicated his life to these principles assumed the Presidency.

It got me thinking that something has fundamentally changed in how we view each other, our government, and the obligations we owe one another and not for the better.  What is the credit union tie-in you wonder? Everyone reading this blog is making a living off an industry dedicated not only to helping people grow their wealth but also lending a helping hand to people of modest means. To me, at its core, this means a movement dedicated to ensuring that people, irrespective of their social station, are treated with the respect and entrusted with the responsibility that comes when helping your neighbors by pooling your resources together. Let’s continue to grow as an industry but let’s never lose sight of the fact that we have an obligation beyond growing in net worth. Here is a portion of the President’s inaugural address from 1989 which his son referenced in his eulogy.

My friends, we are not the sum of our possessions. They are not the measure of our lives. In our hearts we know what matters. We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend; a loving parent; a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood, and town better than he found it. And what do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we’re no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us? Or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship?

No President, no government can teach us to remember what is best in what we are. But if the man you have chosen to lead this government can help make a difference; if he can celebrate the quieter, deeper successes that are made not of gold and silk but of better hearts and finer souls; if he can do these things, then he must.

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Authored By:

Henry Meier, Esq., General Counsel, New York Credit Union Association.

The views Henry expresses are Henry’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association. In addition, although Henry strives to give his readers useful and accurate information on a broad range of subjects, many of which involve legal disputes, his views are not a substitute for legal advise from retained counsel.

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