United States of America

The Road Not Taken Beckons Us Once More

In 1915, Robert Frost -- an American poet -- published a poem entitled The Road Not Taken. It spoke of two paths through the woods -- one well-worn, and one somewhat overgrown from disuse. The poet spoke of how he took the one less traveled, perhaps knowing the significance such a decision could hold when applied to the vast number of paths a person or a nation may take on life's journey. Here is the poem, in full, for your consideration:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Would it be as rewarding for us, as a nation, if we took heed of the poet's words and goaded our Congress into acting as a Congress should, taking the road less traveled by politicians and putting us back on the path forged by the founders of this nation, who had the wherewithal to define and build a country based not upon the whims of man but instead upon firmly established principles and laws that served the people above all else?