Leader Wanted


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Back in August, an interview on the PBS Bill Moyer program with
university professor Andrew Bacovech, resulted in his book, Limit of
Power, being a best seller.
The interview program was repeated late September. It traces exactly
what occurred through the line of presidents from Carter to G.W. Bush
and how "loking to The Leader" for all our answers came about. How
congress, through the decades, has 'pushed" power upon the executive
branch of our government. And how, in the 60's, we went from an "empire
of production" to an "empire of materialism," ane how the unlimited,
un-ending lines of credit through the decades relate to where we find
ourselves today.
Bacevich's book begins with a bible quate:   Set thy house in order.
The interview is most profound in that it is straight from the shoulder
truth; truth about ourselves, Americans, who have not and do not have
the discipline required to "live within our means."
And once again, just as we have for decades, look to a leader who has
the answers and can solve all our woes. Yet, we remain unwilling to see
ourselves, our part, from main street to wall street, the lack of our
individual responsibility as the people (power / powerless) brought
about by our --- Reactions / Actions / and / or Non-Action.
A world united in fear is worse than a world divided by ignorance.
Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with The Truth.
[ Above the door of every business this sign is hanging ]
              LEADER WANTED
~ who will not lose their i\individuality in a crowd, a leader who has
the courage of their convictions, who is not afraid to say "NO" though
all the world says "YES."
~ who is dominated by a mighty purpose, a leader who will not allow the
over development of one faculty stamp out or paralyze other faculties.
~ who is larger than their calling, who considers it a low estimate of
their occupation to value it merely as a means of making a living.
~ who sees self-development, education, culture, discipline, character
and personhood in their work.
~ of courage who is not a coward in any part of their nature.
~ who is well balanced, who is not cursed with some little defect or
weaknes which cripples their usefulness and neutralizes their power.
~ who is symmetrical and not one-sided in their development, who has not
spent all their energies of their being in one narrow specialty and
allowed all other branches of their life to wither and die.
~ who is broad minded and does not take a half view of things, a person
who mixes common sense with their senses, who does not let a college
education spoil them for practical everyday life, a leader who prefers
substance to show and who regards their good name as a priceless
~ who is full of life and fire, whose passions are trained to heed a
strong desire, the servant of a tender consience, who has learned to
love all beauty, whether of nature or of art, to hate all violence and
to respect others as themselves.
~ who is educated all over, whose nerves are brought to a sharper
sensibility, whose brain is cultured, keen, incisive; whose hands are
adept, whose eyes are alert, sensitive, microscopic; whose heart is
tender, magnanimous and true.



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