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I really enjoyed Rebecca Cassell's piece titled "Why Not Dream Big."
Leaders are definitely something that this country is in need of.
I don't know if the people who live through the times that are guided by great leaders know what they have. If I was alive during the time of Martin Luther King Jr., I think I could have recognized what a great man he was.
I think we only judge leaders by their accomplishments after they are gone, or at least retired from their leadership position.
In recent months, I have heard political news that was bold enough to talk about the positive things that Richard Nixon brought to this country. Would that have ever been mentioned in the 1970s?
By no means am I placing judgment. That is not my intention. I merely want to close the gap between great leadership and the time that a show airs on the History Channel declaring their greatness.
Abraham Lincoln was a great leader by most people's standards. He never once believed that he was a great leader. He simply believed in this country.
He once said: "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me."
Lincoln firmly believed that the fathers of this country knew what they were doing when they said: "We hold these truths to be self evident."
He knew his cause was much greater to mankind than he ever would be. Great leaders believe in something bigger than themselves.