Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, the colonies decided that they had enough of “taxation without representation” and living under the British monarchy rule. A Declaration of Independence was drafted, signed, and acted upon by our forefathers, and from that, our nation began.
So you may ask, what might this have to do with the privilege of leadership? As I often say, and certainly believe, leadership emerges from followership. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the likes of so many others, were followers in the sense of British rule, but emerged as some of our greatest leaders in American history. When they found that the current state of leadership was compromised, they worked collectively together to find a solution. While it may have been extreme in a sense, it was necessary.
We find ourselves in a similar situation within our own country today. From where we were back in 1776 to now, we have great division among our country. We find that our political “leaders” are caught in the great trap of party interests, and not that of the people.
Our nation is not about a single individual as a President, past, current, or future. Our nation is not about a single political party that controls Congress. And, our nation should not be about being so politically correct that we lose our freedom of speech.
Our nation is about us…We the People. And it is us…We the People, who must define our future and solve our problems. Like our forefathers, us as fore-followers, must emerge as leaders to address the division in our country. It is us…We the People who must stand against terrorism and not live in our country where we must remain on high alert from extremists who wish to bring us harm on our nation’s Independence Day. It is us…We the People who must re-define leadership and bring accountability back to our government. It should be our PRIVILEGE to do just this, and not a burden.
On that note, I wish you a safe and Happy Independence Day. And be sure to cheer on our women’s USA soccer team as they play for the FIFA World Championship against Japan.
God Bless the United States of America.