The character and conduct of a nation’s leaders

In many of the open America protest it is not unusual to see signs saying or paraphrasing the familiar refrain:

“Give  me liberty or give me death”

But what many in this country have forgotten is liberty is not something granted to us at birth. Nor is it something that is maintained without a willingness to acquire the knowledge required to see the true character of its leaders and to use that knowledge to hold them to a standard of accountability that is high, if not higher than they would hold themselves.

It is true that even when the people have a desire to inform and educate themselves on the issues that impact their daily lives, an individual of poor character thrust into a position of leadership who lacks integrity and accountability and whose vision is only the advancement of their own selfish agenda can through lies and misinformation blind the masses to the truth and in the process withhold the very liberty they seek to maintain  

Unfortunately America today has allowed the  polarization of our country along political lines to supersede the thirst for knowledge. It has become all too easy for many of America’s so called “leaders” to manipulate the masses. To have them bend to their will wrongly believing that these leaders act in their best interest.

The open America protest is one such example. Through a campaign of misinformation and lies leadership at the highest levels has convinced them that the very measures implemented to protect them, is in fact an infringement on their liberty. They use that belief to rally around the very leaders who perpetrate the misinformation to advance their own economic and political agendas.

The dangers of not acquiring the knowledge required to identify the character of one’s leaders is not a new concept. John Adams warned us of it in 1765 when he said;

liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in van, has given them understanding and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

We should heed his words for it would be foolhardy to believe the concept of America is forever. Lest we forget that the history of world shows our country is but a baby. One that will never get the chance to fully mature unless we cast aside our differences, stop allowing the few to manipulate the many and come to value knowledge needed to educate ourselves on those would be leaders of questionable character.

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