As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, I think about some of our defining moments in history and leadership. What comes to mind is The American War for Independence, The Civil War, World War II, and now. I call today’s defining moment the War on Freedom. I believe whatever defining moments we have in our American history, presidential leadership matters in them all.
I am reflecting on those defining moments and the attributes of American leadership at the time, such as:
-Fighting for Independence, believing that it was America’s right, “to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them…,” and leading the people to victory.
-Fighting to end slavery, believing that we are America, “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” then ending slavery.
-Entering the war to defeat totalitarianism by declaring “a day that will live in infamy,” then garnering the nation’s support to fight and win.
-Fighting for freedom through peaceful protest and public assembly, the First Amendment rights in action.
Leadership matters. As American’s celebrate President’s Day, we ought to reflect on the importance of leadership, not only whether we like a person or a movement, but how well we are led.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship.🇺🇸