An example of why this should be about the Principles of Liberty and Individualism, rather than 'following' any particular 'man'.
Men are fallible.
Sticking to advocating and practicing purity of principle, ethic and philosophy, not 'following a man', is the only way to go.
In addition, there should never be excuses, rationalizations and/or justification when someone fails to live up to them. To do so merely weakens the foundations of Liberty, which are those very principles.
They are what they are and people do what they do. Call it as it is.