Good Leadership Ensures That America’s Best Days are Always Today and Tomorrow

This is the twelfth Blog in a series regarding the state of leadership in America. Too often, I hear some people stating that America’s best days are behind her, that we don’t seem to have the resolve to deal with the big issues anymore, that we lost what once made us great. Throughout our history, each generation of Americans has had to make nation-shaping decisions that continue to form our collective values and culture. Our forefathers authored the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights proclaiming the rule of law and that all men are created equal, but they left slavery in-place, were silent on the status of Native Americans, and denied women the right to vote in this new democracy. The slavery nightmare was finally abolished with the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, and the deaths of 620,000 Americans in our Civil War. Women eventually won the right to vote. Pioneers settled this huge country and joined east and west with railroads while at the same time decimating Native Americans in the process. Americans fought in two world wars for freedom and yet we had segregated military units. We are a people capable of great achievements and compassion and at the same time, great destruction and cruelty. Despite this mixed record, Americans possess a deep sense of fair play, tolerance, and national pride as a nation that for the past 200 plus years, has fought to find its democratic identity in a world of monarchies and dictators; where oppressed people throughout the world look to America for hope and freedom.
We need leaders who recognize that democracy can be full of missteps and growing pains as this nation works to adhere to the principles laid down by our founding fathers. Ben Franklin was asked after he participated in creating the US Constitution, “What have you wrought?” He replied, “… a Republic, if you can keep it.” This is the great challenge and historical obligation that are pasted down to the leaders and citizens of every generation as a sacred trust to come together to protect this Republic of the people, by the people, and for the people. Good leadership understands and accepts this sacred trust to always put the interests of the nation first, above any personal agendas or political ideologies. Mistakes have been made and man’s inhumanity to man will manifest itself from time to time as we strive to do the right thing. We need leaders in government, business and all segments of our society who understand our collective frailties and at the same time recognize a boundless American spirit that is capable of accomplishing anything. “Realism always, pessimism never,” is a fitting precept for American leadership. America’s best days are not behind her. This Republic must not fail.

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5 Responses to Good Leadership Ensures That America’s Best Days are Always Today and Tomorrow

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