We the People: What to Expect From our Political Leaders

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- What more should we expect more from our political leaders?

We the people consent to be governed.

This means we vote for leaders to run our government.

But what about these leaders?

Have you noticed lately that politicians tend to focus on a small section of the public? They appeal to a carved out group of supporters who are hardly the majority of voters.

This is a fine political strategy cause it means winning elections is easy.

But this is isn't a good thing for our republic.

The interests of the few are usually not for the good of the whole, and those few interests get most attention today.

I think this is also why issues like the national debt, gun legislation, and the tax code are intractable problems.

But you might say, this is just politics. Deal with it.

It's true. Politics has always been about power and resources, and balancing the needs and wants of different groups.

But it's time we set our gaze on a political model that expects more.

Leaders of yesteryear often rose to the level of statesmen. The presidents behind me, are all good examples of statesmen. Each in their time faced complex challenges, and each found a way to put the interests of the few below the interests of the many.

No, none were perfect, and some had flaws that continue to haunt their reputation.  

But if you look at the difference between a politician and a statesman in the dictionary, you'll notice one key difference: statesmen have wisdom.

Wisdom is the knowledge of what is true or right combined with just judgment.

We the people need women and men today who can apply wisdom to politics.

If you agree that politicians give the people what they want, then we the people have the power to demand and see change. The future of our republic depends on it. 


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