E168 The Importance of Moral Leadership
How important is the character of our leaders if we hope to keep the fragile republic of ordered freedoms entrusted to us? Many today conveniently compartmentalize a leader's character from his/her competencies. One's ability to "get the job done" is really all that matters. Who cares about a leader's personal indiscretions! Our Founders saw things differently. Characterless leaders undermine the people’s faith in the larger order. If our leaders behave wickedly, if they love themselves and their careers more than they love our country and the people they are elected to serve, people lose trust in the whole system. Once they think the system is corrupt, or that their leaders and representatives are corrupt, it’s nearly impossible for the citizens to feel they are part of an actual system of self-government.
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