Where is the Honor? We the People, NOT We the Party

 In Leadership, Leadership Development, leadership training, management, Rick Conlow

E pluribus unum is a Latin phrase meaning “out of many, one.”  Most noteworthy, it implies people of honor working together for the common good.  It is what the founding fathers hoped for.  Congress adopted it as the motto of the United States with an act in 1782.

However, the leadership of the US government is increasingly polarized. Gridlock rules their efforts. Partisan politics drives polarization. Nothing divides people like politics. It’s sad that the divide is growing greater. Money, power, and influence are the goals. As a result, honor and service don’t appear on many platforms.

Political Leadership Gets Nastier with No Honor

Where is the Honor? We the People, NOT We the Party

Unfortunately for the country, party attacks on one another are increasingly negative, according the Pew Research. Some recent political ads are calling their opponents terrorists. There is no honor in political attacks like that. Politicians are perceiving their adversaries as enemies. Each side claims their brand of patriotism.

So, the legislative branch of the government has the nickname of the “do nothing Congress”.  A democracy requires bi-partisan cooperation to get important things done. That’s not happening. As a result, only 15% of Americans feel Congress is doing a decent job.

Does any of this sounds like E pluribus unum to you?

In addition, use of social media by the parties provokes the situation. A mass volume of tweets and posts ignite discord. This volume  grows fast as people share their views.  As a result,  the country ends up with severe ranges in emotion. This divides people even more. It tends to get nasty and personal. Consequently, people’s anger explodes. They become more loyal in their points of view. Political leaders with no honor feed on this like a pack of coyotes on a wounded deer. Does this inspire us to work together?

The US civil war showed what chaotic division brings. It usually ends up with hatred, intolerance, violence, and even war.

A Call for Leadership with Honor

Instead, give me authentic leaders. We need leaders of honor that speak of and act on unity.  Above all, honorable leaders seek what is good for the country. They don’t just focus on their party or pocketbook. Certainly, politicians need take a serious personal inventory. We must maximize,“we, the people”. We must minimize,we, the party”.  An example of bad leadership is being set for the next generation.

Where is the Honor? We the People, NOT We the Party

Finally, read these words by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent and dedicated leadership. Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.”

Where is the Honor? We the People, NOT We the Party

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Rick Conlow
Rick Conlow is the CEO & Founder of Rick Conlow International, a consulting, training and coaching firm. He has helped over 200 companies such as Target, Costco, Andersen Windows, Spectrum, Northern Power, Meijer, Carpet King, International Truck, John Deere, Lowes Financial, and Canadian Linen improve customer loyalty, increase sales and add profits. Rick has been a general manager, vice president, training director, program director, and national sales trainer. He has authored 22 books, and regularly speaks at conferences and to audiences of all sizes.
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