Sunday, March 14, 2010


It's worth noting, I think, that the term "Political Leader," as applied to members of Congress, state legislators, the President, governors and other officials is an oxymoron. If you look at the few nations where the head of state is or was referred to as "Leader" or some embellishment thereof, one thing that you'll notice is that they aren't subject to public recall. In fact, they aren't answerable to the general public in any way, shape or form. This is also true of most other organizations. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is not accountable to just any old Army Private or Air Force Captain. The Chief Executive Officer of a corporation may be answerable to the Board of Directors or the major stockholders, but unless the guy in the mailroom secretly controls a large block of voting stock, the guys in the corner office really don't care what he thinks. But, to be honest, that may or may not be something of a convincing argument, so let me ask you the following - the last time you went to the voting booth, or dropped a ballot in the mail, did you vote to be a follower? Did you vote to do what the person you voted for told you to do, or did you vote for that person to do what you told them to do? After all, in the case of legislators, isn't that the point behind representatives?

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