PUTIN: Here’s Why National Leaders Need Character, Too

On Russian President Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush, 2001:

“I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”

During the 2016 campaign, we often heard variances of the line, “We need a businessman to run the country.” The chief problem with this position, running the country like a business, is our country is not a business. We are a group of citizens living our lives in a civil society. Our sole purpose is not to turn a profit.

To determine the type of president we need, we have to define the purpose of government. To do so, it helps to know what James Madison said in Federalist Papers #51:

But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

Conservatives often get slapped with the accusation from Leftists that we don’t want any government. This is, of course, absurd. But from Madison’s position we see that, because our Framers knew man’s nature – that although we’re capable of good, we are yet imperfect beings – government must be instituted to address the imperfections of man. While the Left continues down their quest for utopianism, defined only by their latest whim, conservatives understand the only purpose of the US government is to ensure our God-given rights enumerated in the Constitution. That’s it. That’s all.

So why did I begin with a quote from George W. Bush about Putin? Because it’s takes no serious thinker to understand Vladimir Putin does what he does in the best interests of Russia. But Putin also does what is in his own interest. How else would a government leader like him amass a $40 Billion net worth?

Putting the dictator thing aside, we have to keep in mind Russia isn’t the United States. We never had a dictator, czar, king, or potentate, and as long as there is air in my lungs and blood in my veins we never will. But when we hear “we need a businessman” or (insert type of person that has nothing to do with the Constitution) to run the country, we need to stop and say, “No, we need a man or woman of strong, moral character and good values who will protect our God-given rights.”

I could go on, but it’s party time. May the celebration of the birth of Christ bring to you and your loved ones a rebirth of His love.

Thank you for reading.

photo credit: theglobalpanorama Vladimir Putin via photopin (license)

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Michael Cummings

About the author, Michael Cummings: Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns. View all articles by Michael Cummings

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