Co-Founder of ESPN Delivers Lecture at King's, Appointed Senior Fellow
The King’s College, NEW YORK -- Scott Rasmussen delivered a lunchtime lecture entitled “Politics Has Failed, America Will Not” as part of the Presidential Lecture Series at The King’s College. President Thornbury announced Rasmussen’s appointment as a Senior Fellow at The King’s College, where Rasmussen will research community driven solutions to the problems facing America. Rasmussen is a political pundit, co-founder of ESPN, a New York Times bestselling author, and founder of Rasmussen Reports and Rasmussen Media Group.
After an introduction by Boyd Matheson, President of the Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, Rasmussen lectured a City Room packed with around 100 students, faculty, and staff on what he believes to be the genius of America and the solution to America’s troubled political climate: self-governance, or the average American’s ability to help his neighbor.
Rasmussen explained that Americans are too focused on the presidential election and politics in general. According to Rasmussen this focus leads to pessimism, when in reality Americans have good reason to be optimistic about the nation’s future. He then told the story of how he came to this conclusion several years ago.
Whenever Rasmussen would speak on politics at a conference or event, Rasmussen explained, someone in the audience would always ask the same question - “What can I do to help the political process? What can I do to make America better?” Rasmussen was becoming disillusioned with the American political process and he did not have an answer until he experienced a personal tragedy in 2010. A fire in the building next to his New Jersey home spread to Rasmussen’s house, which burned down within 45 minutes.
After the fire Rasmussen was surprised at the number of people who stepped up to help him and his family, not only from church but also from his neighborhood and the surrounding community. Rasmussen and his family lost their home and everything in it but the community’s reaction showed Rasmussen that communities are the answer to America’s problems, not politics.
According to Rasmussen, culture leads and politicians follow.
“America has a long history of pragmatic community problem solving," Rasmussen said.
Instead of worrying about the futility of the modern American political process, Americans should take the initiative to address the problems in their communities without waiting for the government to help out.
“Government, politics is a part of the solution … but governing is much more than government alone ... every institution has a role to play in governing your life," Rasmussen added.
As an example, Rasmussen told the story of “the illegal founding of Harvard University.” In the American colonies, it was illegal to found a college without a charter from the King of England. But the colonists of Massachusetts needed a college on their own continent – so they “forgot to ask” King Charles I and started Harvard University. Instead of waiting for government action, they identified a problem and took action as a community to find a solution. Similarly, Civil Rights legislation came after Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play Major League Baseball and Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus.
Regulators will always pose a problem because of politicians’ lust for power, explained Rasmussen, but the community will stand with the people who are actually making a difference. Instead of trying to pass legislation in Congress, Americans should serve their communities.
“No bureaucracy, no regulatory state, no set of rules, will ever be more powerful than the simple guideline of ‘love thy neighbor,'" Rasmussen stated.
The American political system is broken because of power hungry politicians, says Rasmussen, but the American people can still solve their own problems by serving their communities.
“Politics has failed,” Rasmussen concluded, “but America will not.”