I’m going to keep this short because I’m swamped with life right now, but I just have to get off my chest how terrifying it has become to be surrounded by sheep. Exodus 23:2 says, “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” Everywhere I turn, I see people blindly following the masses.
Historically, people exhibiting blind obedience has generally not bode well. Look at the Holocaust, for example. Hitler was a hero to his followers, largely because of his propaganda in winning over the masses through his self-proclaimed victories and accomplishments.
Does this tactic sound familiar to you? It sure does to me.
Okay, that’s enough examples. I think you get the point – Narcissism at its finest.
According to Barbara Kellerman, professor of Public Leadership at Harvard, there are several characteristics of a bad leader:
- Uncontrolled, volatile behavior
- Callousness toward others
- Insular behavior
- Destructive actions intended to harm
Before I discuss these traits, I want to stop to tell you I am a Conservative. Our POTUS is a Conservative, as well. However, despite that fact, there is no reason I must support him and his words and actions. In fact, I will not. I can and will not support the ignorance and hate being spewed by our POTUS. I will no longer sit in silence while he tears apart the greatest country in the world. Differences in political decisions are one thing. Differences in moral decisions are another. Trump’s moral failures have overshadowed his political victories. Our POTUS demonstrates a gross lack of morality and sound judgment. That is what I cannot blindly support simply because I share the same political party.
The above characteristics of a bad leader are clearly demonstrated by Trump. Let’s look at just a few examples of them in more depth.
Incompetence is defined as “not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully.” Trump has displayed enough incompetence that there is now more inter-party opposition to him than there has been since World War II. During a time when unity is crucial, the POTUS is severely polarizing the Republican party and, on a larger scale, the nation. Nearly 15 employees of Trump’s administration have already either been fired or have quit, largely as a result of their refusal to blindly follow his orders.
Trump’s incompetency is further evident in his aides’ lack of confidence in his abilities to handle his role as POTUS. It has been shared that his senior advisers worry about leaving him alone in meetings with world leaders because they’re afraid of what he might say. Gee, you mean like calling them names or further alienating the U.S.?
Even if you argue that Trump is, in fact, competent to lead the free world, it is nearly impossible to argue that he is not rigid. He is unwilling to adapt new ideas or even simply perceive a situation from another’s viewpoint. Most people merely want to be heard. They just want someone to listen to their concerns on social injustice, among other issues. Instead, the POTUS is becoming quite the fascist dictator, consistently using threats and intimidation to get his way. Rather than immediately dismissing those with whom he disagrees, perhaps he should listen to them first. All effective leaders encourage open discussion and explore potential solutions to conflicts. After all, we Americans do have the right to free speech and free press, correct?
UNCONTROLLED, VOLATILE BEHAVIOR:
Oh boy, where should we start here? Trump’s entire election and presidency is riddled with examples of his lack of self-control. One needs only to open the POTUS’s Twitter account to realize he’s coming unglued. We are literally on the brink of war with a psycho-led country, but Trump is too busy bashing anyone and everyone who disagrees with him to take proper action in keeping our country safe.
CALLOUSNESS TOWARD OTHERS:
Again, one needs only turn to Trump’s social media accounts to notice his rude, “unpresidential” attitude and behavior toward others.
Trump’s isolation is growing rapidly. Former colleagues and, arguably, friends of the POTUS are increasingly denouncing their support for him. For example, Tim Scott discussed how Trump’s moral authority was compromised when Trump discussed the “very fine” white supremacist Charlottesville protesters, saying both alt-left and white supremacists were to blame for the violence there. Thankfully, unlike the mass of sheep who refuse to stand up for what is morally right, Scott insisted he could not “defend the indefensible.” Similarly, James Murdoch, one of the POTUS’s close advisers, denounced Trump’s reaction to the protests, appalled he even had to write such an email. He even had enough sense to state that “Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree [that there are no good Nazis].”
Trump is isolating himself through his ignorance and inability to be quiet. I am thankful for the few brave souls who have dared to stand up for their beliefs, rather than continue to follow an unethical and ignorant leader to imminent failure.
It bears repeating that I’m a conservative, but I have to draw the line somewhere! I understand the importance of supporting our POTUS, but at what cost? Isn’t our country – the greatest in the world – already filled with enough hate and oppression? How could I possibly support the most powerful man in the world in spreading more vitriol and hatred through ignorant and disrespectful comments and put-downs?
One of the greatest things about being an American is having freedom. I can voice my opinions without fear of retribution or punishment. This is exactly what Eminem did last night, and for that, I applaud him. He acted in a non-violent manner, through his form of artistic expression, to show that he will not be a sheep. Does this mean neither of us loves America? Absolutely not. I love my country; however, it can no longer be denied that President Trump is toxic. He is tearing our great country apart through hatred and division. I will not allow myself to fall victim to his systematic plan to obtain power. I will not deny the existence of racism and other forms of social injustice. Rather, I will rise up and fight these injustices with love and unity. I will fight for those things worth fighting for. I would rather walk alone in the name of justice than be a sheep following the crowd to a life where injustice, corruption, and inequality are accepted. Wake up, people. Don’t be sheep.