The World Needs Fewer Politicians and More Leaders

So many lessons from the forefathers of America, on choosing the right men for public office, has long been forgotten.

Image credit: American Forefathers by Tim on Flickr

The willingness to be unpopular

“A new race of men is springing up to govern the nation; they are the hunters after popularity, men ambitious, not of the honor so much as of the profits of office…”

— Joseph Story, American Judge, 1779–1845

Consensus not compromise

“Sir, I would rather be right than be President”

— Henry Clay, American statesman, 1777–1852

“One man with courage makes a majority.”

— Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, 1767–1845

Forgoing riches

“The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.” — John Caldwell Calhoun, American Statesman, 1782–1850

“I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.”

— Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743–1826

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