Why is it that the most important position in the world does not require any prerequisites…? It seems that those who wish to become a President should have adequate expertise in areas of leadership, diplomacy, cultural diversity, Constitutional law, how each federal agency works, specific procedures of all three branches of government, moral and ethical analysis and law. To name only a few more suggestions, he or she should also be scholarly about past presidents and administrations, how governments around the world govern, world geography, and foreign affairs (both current and past).
To give the job of President over to a person with the only stipulation that he or she is a citizen and won the election does not seem like the most prudent idea. So, I employ a reevaluation for our county’s most important job. Just like in other fields where we expect expertise, a President must be able to see the entire picture, not just the previews.
Perhaps we should start with Presidency 101 and go on from there.
We have never met him, nor have we ever heard him speak yet we all feel as though we want to be like him, to embrace him, to live up to his standards. Such a man was Abraham Lincoln, a person from humble beginnings who became the President of the United States. His relevance today is applicable for the same reasons he was relevant to his contemporaries; he was a man of integrity, determination, and honesty.
Are these not the attributes that we wish to instill in children? Regardless of differences and similarities one cannot dispute that Lincoln was a leader with human qualities that each of us can find some connection to. He reminds us that it is okay to be who you are, that it takes hard work to make a difference, that not everyone will believe your way is the right way, but rather to live and try your best is a more noble route than to pursue an easier servile path.
The list of reason why Lincoln is relevant today are clearly demonstrated in the stories and speeches he left behind. Great men with great souls will forever remain relevant, and for Abraham Lincoln, from his Kentucky beginnings to his tragic death in Ford Theater, he will live among us forever. As long as those from humble beginning and not so humble beginnings continue to pass along his knowledge,passion, and legacy, we will continue to inspire the rising “Lincolns” among us.
Image: Lincoln-portrait by Brady, Matthew B. Photographs (1864)