Friday, October 27, 2006

What Do You Think? - Part III

Are you qualified?

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

The constitution specifies age, citizenship and residency requirements. Being president, senator or representative of the U.S.A. are rare jobs that do not require education or experience.

The major problem in the U.S.A. is a lack of leaders who believe in democracy, are persons of integrity and are qualified to lead.

What qualifications are needed? Here are my opinions.

A leader needs a concept of human nature which reconciles our tendency to be good and evil, motivated and lazy, bold and fearful, responsible and irresponsible, altruistic and selfish. A leader who views people at one extreme or the other will be a tyrant who abolishes freedom or ineffective and unable to accomplish goals. A leader must understand the people she leads.

A leader needs an appreciation for diversity. We are not a homogenous nation. We are separated by gender, age, religion, ethnicity, values, experiences, education, and income. A leader must serve all – not just conservatives, not just males, not just the affluent. A good leader knows diversity is an asset to a nation and serves as a leader for all.

A leader needs the ability to select competent, wise and knowledgeable advisors. The job is overwhelming, the world too large and complex and the problems too diverse. Advisors are necessary and the ability to select the right advisors is critical. A leader should select advisors who represent males and females, various ethnic groups, homosexuals and heterosexuals, religious and secular, young and old, those born to affluence and those born to poverty, and various political parties. Without a diverse group of advisors, the leader will be blind and serving a few rather than all.

A leader needs a mature understanding of the role of government. Government does not exist to foster wealth, to maintain unlimited growth and to police the citizens and the world. Recall the words of leaders who earned their freedoms. They understood the role of government. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” They knew what we need to learn anew.

A leader doesn’t need a specialized degree from a prestigious university. The qualities needed are learned by living life with boldness and a hunger for truth and justice.


Blogger Buffalo said...

And the choir said, "Amen."

In my opinion most seek office, not to serve their country, but to serve themselves. It is a career, not an altruistic endeavor. Once elected they listen to special interest groups - they follow the money. The wishes and desires of their constituents are of no consequence.

"To insure domestic tranquility," does not mean "control the lives of the citizenry."

10/27/2006 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Whitesnake said...

Ok.........I would put me hand up for the job.....but as I don't qualify under the rules I will have to sit this one out.

Funny how rules set out to protect actually do the opposite

10/27/2006 03:29:00 PM  
Blogger Alex Pendragon said...

Boy, Paul, you have gotten so prolific I can't keep up with you! Great stuff!

You think too much like me...I want my brain back, if you please.......

10/30/2006 05:09:00 PM  

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