Joan Schramm, St. Joseph
I recently read a book titled “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Two sentences drew my attention that I would like to share.
In 1840 Abraham Lincoln, then a member of the Illinois State Legislature, said, “Such men of ‘towering’ egos, in whom ambition is divorced from the people’s best interests, were not men to lead a democracy; they were despots. The great bulwark against a potential dictator is an informed people attached to the government and laws.”
How amazing that statement made 180 years ago could be so relevant to this year’s election. History has shown us again and again that no president, not even Trump, can break our human spirit. I understand our spirits have been tested during the last four years. Trump’s lies, incompetence and arrogance have been hurtful. Effective presidents surround themselves with wise men and women whose advice is carefully listened to. Trump has neither the ability nor humility to achieve such a goal.
Our spirits are strong, history is on our side and we will not be defeated! Voting is our only weapon. Don’t let Trump’s partisan tactics keep you from voting. Some people think if their candidate is ahead in the polls they don’t need to vote. That’s not true! Please vote! If you have any questions or need help, call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683).
Author: Heidi L. Everett
Heidi joined The Newsleaders Oct. 30, 2020 after being a fan of the St. Joseph edition for 15 years. When she is not sharing local news and stories, she is a professor of strategic communications at St. Cloud State University.