Time will pass, and your legacy will be one of abject failure; now, staring at your last chance to stand up and be a leader, you turned your back on it. Your last stand forever to be defined as an act of weakness. Your delusions of grandeur extinguished by a power far greater than you, extinguished by the voice of the people. One can only wonder when you look in the mirror if you ponder to yourself how your last stand could have been that of a man and not that of a weakling
I originally posted this two years ago but considering where the Trump administration has taken this country it was worth a repost.
America today seems to be more divided than ever. Hate for anything that is different from you is at an all-time high. The current administration stokes this fire with a message of division. The exact opposite of what has made this country great, the contributions of so many from so many different races and cultures It is done so they can enrich themselves and maintain their power. They are skilled at tapping into your inner prejudices and making you believe they are on your side, but the truth is the only side they are on is their own. As always, this situation can best be summed up from the lessons Star Trek continues to teach us.
1. Why the current president strategy of division among people so he may maintain his power is flawed.
The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.
– Captain Kirk
2. How unity and not division is stronger for all of us
I am pleased to see that we have differences.
May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.
-Surak of Vulcan
3. Why our current President view of himself is flawed
Believing oneself to be perfect is often the sign of a delusional mind.
-Data, to Borg Queen
4. The strategy of our current President believes in maintaining power
Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth, or by misleading the innocent.
-Spock and McCoy
5. How many of the innocent who voted for our current feel today
After a time, you may find that “having” is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as “wanting.” It is not logical, but it is often true.
6. Why the thinking of many who defend the current president simply because he has an (R) after his name or are afraid of losing votes from his base is wrong
You cannot explain away a wantonly immoral act because you think it is connected to some higher purpose.
– Captain Picard
7. What the president walk-back of his statements in Russia showed us about him
It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted
-Yarnek of Excalbia,
8. Why we must act as a people not as republicans or democrats
Without followers, evil cannot spread.
9. Why we must act now both republicans, democrats, and independents
Act, and you shall have dinner; wait, and you shall be dinner.
-Gowron, Klingon proverb
There are those who believe themselves to be leaders but are too weak of character and too lazy to put the work in or acquire the knowledge required to be an effective leader. They boast and brag but remain in the background in times of adversity and struggle. They shield themselves at the expense of those around them looking to take credit for success but deflect responsibility for failure. These are not true leaders rather they are cowards. Their actions inspiring nothing more than contempt from those they are tasked with leading and their tenure is ultimately doomed to fail.
Peter Parker (Spider Man) is famous for saying with great power comes great responsibility. Real leaders understand this, they stand by their people. They do not look to point fingers as a way of absolving themselves. They understand they must be willing to stand up and accept criticism. They immerse themselves in the job and work tirelessly to acquire the knowledge that is essential to be a successful leader. They willingly listen to others and heed their advice. They lead by motivation not by fear, they inspire confidence by their actions. They understand that without these traits their leadership is simply an illusion based on nothing more than bravado and arrogance.
The time for these individuals is usually short and once their time has passed history will record that their tenure as a so-called leader was nothing but an illusion. Leaving them with nothing but time to wonder how they could have been a real leader rather than coward.
What if I told you that there are many who believe what you do politically and given the opportunity could effectively lead your party.
What if I told you those many have dignity. That they would not put you in a position where you had to cast aside your own dignity and morals by standing in front of Americans trying to spin a host of lies and corruption.
What if I told you those many are not racist and would work to unite Americans instead of dividing it. That they would not belittle the American intelligence community. Would work with our allies instead of insulting them and not be seen as Putin puppet. Would restore America’s role as the leader of the free world and be respected by the global community instead of laughed at.
Could you break your ties with the deceitful, corrupt, divisive, lying leader you have now and give those many an opportunity to restore the luster to your party that deep down you know is being marred by your current leader?
It is far easier to hide behind lies and cry that you are being targeted by conspiracies, the deep state, fake news, etc. then it is to actually roll up your sleeves, immerse yourself in your job, and obtain the knowledge needed to govern correctly. Unfortunately, Americans have a President who has chosen the easy path and as a result 160,000 Americans have died, hundreds of thousands more have fallen ill, and millions have been laid off because of the COVID 19 virus. You would have been hard pressed to believe 4 years ago that America would be so unprepared for this national health emergency, but it would have been almost unbelievable that in the 6 months since this pandemic exploded there has not even been an effort to establish a national plan devised to combat it. Rather we have a President willing not to give this the urgency it requires to bolster his own re-election.
His dismissal of science and narcissistic belief in himself and his abilities fuel a delusional arrogance where he has consciously separated himself from the pain and suffering Americans are suffering through. His unwillingness to accept feedback from medical professionals is nothing short of governmental malfeasance. Sadly, his mishandling of the COVID 19 pandemic is not where it stops with this President. There are so many aspects of his morally repugnant failed presidency that I could write about for days but his fanning the flames of racism, his blatant disrespect for cultures, races, ethnic groups, religious groups, genders and anything that looks, acts and sound different than him is the most shameful of his actions as President of a country which has been built on its diversity and it should disqualify him from the prominent seat he holds today, as you cannot govern, reach, motivate, or lead the diverse people of this country if you can’t relate to their needs.
In addition to all these failures his continual need to suppress freedom of speech by lashing out at a press that holds his words, and actions accountable is unconscionable at best and un-American at worst. Individuals as far back as the founding fathers understood this when they saw to it the press be protected, understanding that when we allow any individual to purposely undermine the integrity of the press in order to bolster their own agenda we risk losing our democracy to the hands of tyranny. Americans have a right to expect more. We have allowed certain cable news networks to profit by echoing and spreading his lies and misinformation. Dictating the mindset of a segment of society. COVID-19 is nothing but the flu, COVID-19 is a hoax, there is no need to wear a mask, Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization looking to destroy our way of life, etc. In the Matrix the Merovingian asked; Do you know why? It is a question that can be asked of much of his base. Do you know why you believe COVID-19 is a hoax? Why wearing a mask is unnecessary? Why Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization? They would likely answer, because they just know it, or it is there constitutional right not to wear a mask. But as the Merovingian said they think they know, or they think it is their constitutional right, but they do not know. They believe and do these things because they were told to believe and do so. Trump told them to and FOX news repeated it and they obeyed. They turn a blind eye to the truth, presidential incompetence and even some of their own core beliefs because they have been told to.
But on November 3, 2020 we as Americans can begin to put a stop to this self-destructive behavior by remembering it not politicians who were meant to govern this country. It is not a news network that is meant to make our decisions for us. It is the will of the people and the people face real issues and need real leaders with real answers working together to solve those issues. We as Americans can no longer allow the ego of one man destroy our democracy from with-in. We can no longer allow one man to destroy our worldwide reputation as a world leader. We as Americans cannot afford to support failure just to proclaim “our” side won, because our blind support for anyone almost ensures that in the end, we all lose.
It’s from a place of arrogance that a republic willingly embraces ignorance among it citizens and expects to thrive. It’s from that same place of arrogance that those citizens bestow leadership on and blindly follow those who peddle ignorance for their own personal gain and expects to survive.
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 they have been led to believe that the very measures implemented to protect them, is in fact an infringement on their liberty. They 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.
In the movie 300 King Leonidas explained the success of the Spartan army:
We fight as a single, impenetrable unit. That is the source of our strength. Each Spartan protects the man to his left from thigh to neck with his shield. A single weak spot and the phalanx shatters.
That is a lesson seemingly lost on many Americans today as we face adversity unlike anything we have seen, the Coronavirus. Somehow, we have managed to politicize a medical pandemic turning it into a political statement. The decision by many governors to require the use of masks, a scientifically proven way of decreasing your chances even if you are asymptotic of infecting someone else, has become a symbol by many on the right as a sign of government overreach. Shelter in place orders have served as the impetus for groups of heavily armed individuals threatening lawmakers in actions that can only be described as terrorism. Doctors and nurses who are on the front lines saving lives stand in defiance to individuals protesting and refusing to wear masks or socially distance are called traitors. The majority of those protesting appear not to be doing so because they are in need of getting back to work, but because they have never known true oppression, they have confused shelter in place orders, designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect American lives, with oppression. When the reality is it is simply a matter of inconvenience to their daily routine such as going to the bar or getting their morning latte from Starbucks. They believe the sacrifice they are being asked to temporarily endure, for not only their good but the good of their fellow American, is a mission simply too difficult. This is the exact opposite of the United States Army 1st Infantry division, the oldest continuously serving the regular Army, whose motto is:
No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!
These individuals have no sense of sacrifice or duty they are America’s weak spot and it is because of them that our fight against this virus could shatter.
As troubling as that is more the most troubling aspect is America’s lack of leadership in both government and business. Government officials and CEOs of big business shout America must reopen. They do this without any concern about the safety of the people they tell to return to life as normal. No, they do it in hope that it will bolster their re-election chances or increase their business’s profit and they do it without taking any risk themselves. I believe conservative economist Thomas Sowell, whose views I rarely agree with, said it best when he said:
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
America believes to be the moral compass of the world, yet it has allowed itself to act in a selfish manner where the lives of their fellow Americans matter less than their own selfish agendas. Where’s the morality in that?
To lead by fear is not leadership. Fear is an illusion used by those who lack the basic traits required to truly be a leader and that illusion can only be maintained for so long. Because like a small child most people will wake up one day and realize, for one reason or another, that the boogeymen used by the so-called leader to scare them does not really exist and once that illusion is gone so too is the illusion of power that the supposed leader wields.
The real leader has it within them the ability to inspire rather than scare. The capacity to encourage rather than discourage. The vision to show others that change can be a good thing and should not be feared. That we should not look to impeded that which is different but instead seek it out so that we may tear down the walls that divide us and confidently moving forward rather than cowering behind a wall of fear.
The true leader leaves a legacy, one of integrity, intelligence and truth.