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Is The Day Of Great Leaders Past?

By Chuck Baldwin
November 10, 2009

A recent column co-authored by John Eidsmoe and Ben DuPré struck me. They titled their column, "What makes a 'great' president?"

The basic thrust of the column was to examine the qualities that make one a "great" President. They start by examining the Presidency of our 11th President, James K. Polk. They note that Polk is commonly regarded as being one of America's top 12 greatest Presidents. To use their words, "between eighth and 12th among our greatest presidents."

Eidsmoe and Dupré note that Polk was undoubtedly a man of outstanding Christian character and faith. They say that Polk was "the only president who kept and fulfilled every one of his campaign promises." They observe him to be a man "with a Puritan work ethic, [who] literally worked himself to death as president, retired from office in broken health and died 103 days later."

But Polk also greatly expanded the power of the Presidency. "In 1846, President Polk sent American troops into disputed territory where they were almost certain to become embroiled in hostilities, and then demanded that Congress recognize that a state of war already existed. Increasingly with Polk's presidency and thereafter, the president set national policy and the Congress rubber-stamped the president's decisions."

Eidsmoe and Dupré note that the people who are charged with rating our Presidents are commonly academicians, "and as such they tend to be left of center. They believe in centralized power, and they therefore admire presidents who increased federal power and concentrated it in the presidency."

In this regard, Eidsmoe and Dupré are 100% correct. Look at the heroes of liberal historians and who do you find? Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt. Not by accident, these same historians will extol the virtues of Hammurabi, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, and Napoleon. All these men have one thing in common: they were responsible for expanding (either by force or fraud) a centralized government.

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The last thing that we need are "leaders".

What we need are public servants that uphold the Constitution as they were instructed, and stay the hell out of our lives.

People don't need to be "led".
They will do just fine on their own, if the gov't would get the hell out of the way.

This whole concept of "needing leaders" is a slave mentality.
It plays right into the power-mongers and war-mongers plans.


No matter how you slice it, it is utterly necessary that SOMEBODY stand up and do something that the REST are not willing to do. That is called leadership.

You already recognize that the nation has a "slave mentality". If that is going to change, it will be by the example of those who will rise first out of that mentality. And those who move first are still called leaders.

Further, as to your statement: "People don't need to be 'led'..they will do just fine on their own,..." How's that going? Don't the facts disprove you?

Yes, you include the caveat "if the gov't would get...out of the way", but how's THAT going? Does the government show any sign of resigning anytime soon?

Basically, you're saying that people can take care of themselves as long as no bad guys rise up to stop them. Well, THAT, my friend is simply not a model of a self-sufficient society. A self-sufficient society is also capable of getting rid of the bad guys.

The fact of the matter is that America is now dull and negligent and dependent on government. If that is going to change, it will not be because the government resigned. Nor will it be because everyone simultaneously decided to get informed and diligent. No, it will only happen because some are willing to take the lead and to set the example. And God help them if the people don't have the sense to follow.

Jack Pelham
Rule of Law Revolution

Maybe the great leaders

are us. Each and everyone of us has to stop looking and start doing whatever we are lead to do. In our hearts we know what is right and wrong let us lead the lives of leaders we would want to be. Dr. Paul is a perfect role model. Peace

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

If there is a "day of great leaders", it is future.

Since the ink on the Constitution began to dry, the nation has been betrayed by one leader after another who failed to keep faithfully the oath of office. There are a few bright spots along the way---brief episodes---such as when Andy Jackson killed the central bank of his day. But where is the president who did not violate the Constitution and who REGULARLY fought to defend it from the Congress and the Courts?

I know of none.

Jack Pelham
Rule of Law Revolution

no doubt.

its like a steamroller. its discouraging :(

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Maybe the day of great elected leaders

is in the past. But the future of great leaders is open, RP is the first.