Friday, April 18, 2008

People might be quick to anger, and thus insist on seeking change, on issues closest to home, those which affect them on a daily basis. People might be slower to anger, and so are initially more reserved about seeking change on issues which th elected others to handle.

The Founding Fathers of our country have been eulogized and credited with unusual and exceptual wisdom, truly deserved. They also deserve our thanks and appreciation for their ability and willingness to argue about how to construct and word a document which they, in their wisdom, believed was needed and essential to the survival of their grand experiment in a form of government, vastly different from and vastly geographically removed from that which they, and their ancestors came to this new -to -them land to escape.

This is such a huge subject, and it's so easy for me to become distracted by a thought which momentarily grabs my attention as an important aside, but which detracts from what I set out to observe and perhaps even suggest, if not recommend.

In my business days I enjoyed growing into and becoming the one who made decisions, the decider. I had a sense that those who worked their ass off every day wanted and needed a leader of the team, but if I were to tell them that I was the decider they would have felt controlled, not led. It's been my experience, based on a small number of, but powerfully personal, humiliations that leadership is vastly more than the just being in charge.

It has to do with the two different meanings of the word authority. Being in a position of authority vests power in the individual. True leadership implies being recognized as an authority.

George W. Bush has had to continually call himself the decider, because he can only claim to being in charge, in a position of authority. He does not have leadership qualities based on being recognized as being an authority.

Hillary Clinton yearns to be in the position of authority because she wants power. John McCain is steeped in the military way, the chain of command, top down command and control, and must be seen as wanting the position of authority, for the power the position invests in him.

Barack Obama is seen as being an authority on what's best for all the people of our country, and for that he should be elected president. He wants to be a positive influence for all Americans, and respected for his leadership qualities based on being a recognized and respected authority, both at home and abroad.

Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper

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