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Principled Leadership

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George Washington declined to represent a political party.  He wanted to represent the American people and its ideals.  He was a stellar first President who declined to be King.  Abraham Lincoln faced the most contentious election in US history, but he stuck to the ideals he held dear and reunited a divided nation.  Perhaps it’s emblematic of a historical bias, but we seem to be lacking such principled, fearless leadership today. 

For those who believe that America still needs principled leadership, they may find a new hero when reading Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) op-ed piece in today’s Wall Street Journal.  The short article is definitely worth reading in its entirety, but the key points are:

1) Avoid pork spending – It’s a quid pro quo trap

2) Hire conservatives staffers – Avoid Washington Lobbyists turned staffers

3) Ignore committe assignments – While important in the House, any Senator can help legislate from the Senate floor

4) Don’t seek extra titles – What’s more important, “Senator” or “Chairman?”

5) Ignore re-election – Do your job and your constituents will re-elect you.

“Congress will never fix entitlements, simplify the tax code or balance the budget as long as members are more concerned with their own narrow, parochial interests.”

Enjoy Senator DeMint’s entire article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704141104575588612828579920.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

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Written by floridaconservative

November 3, 2010 at 9:40 AM

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