The Florida Report is more than just a name; it's a way of life. When I find myself at a political juncture – whether that be choosing a candidate, a policy or any other critical problem affecting our nation – I prefer to listen to all sides of the issue. I choose to "come to the table" – a table where ideas and beliefs differ – rather than sit in another room, surrounded by like-minded individuals. Proverbs 27:17 says "iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." While this is true for life, I believe such a verse would differ in a political bible. Two Republicans will not sharpen one another intellectually, no more than two Democrats would. You must be willing to listen to both sides, for only then can you be politically informed – only then can you become enlightened. That doesn't mean we shouldn't have beliefs that affect our decisions. But I believe we should allow differences to sharpen our core beliefs – making them stronger in the process.
The Florida Report also represents a duty that we are committed to – seeking the truth. Like the Knights of the Round Table, we have our differences, yet we strive to obtain something greater than ourselves – much like those who searched for the Holy Grail. It's an endless quest that we can't complete, but we can ill afford to remove ourselves from it.
If we are committed to finding truth, we must be committed to the RoundTable. We can't shut people out because we don't like what they say. We must allow them to sit down and have a voice. In doing so, we can change their minds in the process.
Jordan Kirkland | Editor