Tuesday, August 11, 2009


As we slog through our economic quagmire, words become more important in our daily understanding of good governance. Let us just look at a couple of well used words that are tossed around frequently in this heated debate.

According to Webster’s Dictionary –

LEADER – a person or thing that leads; directing, commanding, or guiding head, as of a group or activity.

LEAD – to show the way to, or direct the course of, by going before or along with; conduct; guide. To show (the way) in this manner. To mark the way.

POLITICIAN – A person actively engaged in politics. A person holding or seeking political office; frequently used in a derogatory sense, with implications of seeking personal or partisan gain, scheming, opportunism, etc.

If we are to take the meaning of these words literally (and why would we not), then it is obvious to me that one who LEADS or a LEADER is not compatible with being a POLITICIAN. Your Commander strongly suggests that we need more leaders who will lead and far fewer politicians.


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