Today our country is commemorating President’s Day. With our country so divided politically we long for leaders who set the common good above their party divisions and personal ambitions and who set an example for others. We need leaders with wisdom and strength to unite the members of government in a common purpose. We need those who can consider the problems of this nation and the sufferings of others with open minds, courage and the desire to solve problems with integrity and will. We cannot afford to accept less. As citizens we have the responsibility to open our eyes, soften our hearts and heal our divisions. We can never take our freedom and our ideals for granted. Only we have the ability to continue to seek freedom and justice for all.
God of justice and love, today we pray that you will bless our country with servant leadership.
Be aware of events in Washington and be well educated on the positions and voting records of your representatives at the national level. Make informed decisions and not ones influenced by incomplete or slanted information and blind party loyalty. Be aware of intrusions against lawful standards. Hold leaders accountable for integrity and truth.
Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected.
Harry S. Truman
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten.
John F. Kennedy