I have often pondered the idea of “American Royalty”, a term I use to describe the way we put our leaders on pedestals. Why do we refer to former presidents, governors, congressmen, judges, and ambassadors by their titles long after they leave office? For example, a former U.S. President is still referred to as “President” (Bill Clinton). A former governor is still referred to as “Governor” (Mike Huckabee). A former judge is still referred to as “Judge” (Andrew Napolitano). These titles are associated with the office, regardless of the office holder’s popularity or ability to do the job. Some people say it is out of respect that we continue to bestow such esteemed titles on them. I say we should stop perpetuating this “elite” mentality and refer to them as Bill, Mike, or Andrew. The way I see it, they were elected or appointed to a position and earned the title. When leaving office they should leave the title at the door for their successor, and not wave it around like a banner for self-serving purposes. They should not be elevated to the status of “American Royalty” because they are public servants.
Our founding fathers were ordinary people who put service before self, unlike many of today’s politicians. They put their families and careers on hold and volunteered their time, talent, and treasure to fight for our independence. They pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to establish our Republic and secure freedom for all Americans. Our founders understood that sacrificial leadership is selfless, not self-serving. The commitment they made 239 years ago should remind all of us that no great accomplishment ever comes without sacrifice.
John Adams correctly said, “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.” America is on the brink of self-destruction and will not survive another self-serving president. Please, during this presidential election season, do your own homework and decide for yourself which candidates support the Constitution, our founding principles, the rule of law, and individual freedom. After that, teach others. Together, we can regain control of our government and turn our country around. Remember, united we STAND, divided we FALL.
May God bless you and the United States of America!