A true leader does not pander to the fears of the masses; they do not make decisions that are counter to that which is beneficial to society just so that they can maintain their power, they do not possess an ego that prohibits them from listening to and accepting the advice from those more knowledgeable than themselves, they aren’t afraid to look those they lead in the eye and tell them the truth, even if that isn’t what they want to hear, they aren’t afraid to roll their sleeves up and do the hard work necessary to better the lives of society at large.
Unfortunately, these leaders are in short supply today. Lies, corruption, misinformation are the traits of many of today’s leaders. They are more anxious to spew out the viral soundbite than legislating. They are concerned with only whatever it takes to advance their power. These men and women are not leaders; they are frauds. They have built their power on sand, and when the rain falls, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and history has shown us it will, they will fall, along with those who foolishly follow them and great the fall will be.
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, smothered 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. -Spock
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. -Spock
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 many 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 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’s 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 allow those many 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., than it is to 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. 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 four years ago that America would be so unprepared for this national health emergency. Still, it would have been almost unbelievable that since this pandemic exploded in the six months, there has not even been an effort to establish a national plan devised to combat it. Instead, we have a President willing not to give this the urgency it requires to bolster his re-election.
His dismissal of science and narcissistic belief in himself and his abilities fuel a delusional arrogance. 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. Still, 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 from him is the most shameful of his actions as President of a country which has been built on its diversity. 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 the press be protected, understanding that when we allow any individual to undermine the media’s integrity to bolster their agenda purposely, we risk losing our democracy to the hands of tyranny, Americans have a right to expect more. We have allowed specific cable news networks to profit by echoing and spreading his lies and misinformation. They are 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 their constitutional right not to wear a mask. But as the Merovingian said, they think they know, or they believe it is their constitutional right, but they do not know. They think 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 intended 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 to 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 its leaders’ real character and use that knowledge to hold them to a standard of accountability that is high, if not higher than they would have 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 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 our country’s polarization 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 many have been led to believe that the very measures implemented to protect them are an infringement on their liberty. They rally around the same leaders who perpetrate the misinformation to advance their own economic and political agendas.
The dangers of not acquiring the knowledge required to identify one’s leaders’ character 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. Still, 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 the 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. Many governors’ decision 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 has served as the impetus for groups of heavily armed individuals threatening lawmakers in actions that can only be described as terrorism. Doctors and nurses 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. Still, because they have never known real oppression, they have confused shelter in place orders, designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect American lives, with oppression. The reality is that it is merely 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 endure temporarily, for not only their good but the good of their fellow Americans, 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 problematic 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 hoping 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 its fellow Americans’ lives matter less than their selfish agendas. Where’s the morality in that?