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Enlightened Americans

Updated on April 25, 2012

The disregarded value of the enlightened American

In spite of what most politicians think, Enlightened Americans are smarter and more informed than they give us credit for. Enlightened Americans understand that great leadership is shown by results and not rhetoric. Talk isn't just cheap, it's free and something that anyone can do. Great leadership takes more than works, it takes courage and conviction. It rises above and stands out from popular thought and status quo. It recognizes that tough decisions are many times not popular, but are always needed and necessary. Great leadership isn't about popularity and job security, it's about moving critical thinking forward and having the fortitude to stand firm on the right position no matter the consequences. Great leaders always recognize differences, but spend more time finding similarities and building consensus.

Enlightened Americans know that the country needs to be primarily governed from the middle and not to the extreme left or right, but that there is a requirement to understand all sides of an issue, not matter how extreme, because even in the extreme there are positions and ideas that are viable and able to be used to benefit all. Unfortunately, in today's political arena, all we focus on are differences and partisan prejudice. Enlightened Americans understand that there are many issues that are critical for us all to address no matter our political affiliation. Hunger, education, debt and job creation are non partisan topics that are important for both parties and all citizens.

Enlightened Americans know that representation was created to be for the people, but has evolved to be in spite of the people if the people get in the way. The admirable profession of politics has been ruined by politicians looking out for themselves instead of representing the best interest of the entire country. These people are more interested in their tenure and benefits then understanding that the length of time you hold an office isn't a measure of success. Success and service to your country will be determined by how much better the country was after they left than before they came.

Enlightened Americans truly believe that we all need to work together, without malice and ulterior motives, and that intentionally separating and isolating people and issues only leads to discontent and failure for everyone. And we believe that the condition of the weakest of us is also the condition of the strongest of us and that setting aside petty differences in favor of the right decisions is the only way America will be able to reach it's true potential. God Bless America and all it's Enlightened Americans.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      I'll be following you also once I post this comment. You have said something very important in this hub, and I totally agree with your views. So many people have become unreasonably impassioned about their own "sides" that they have forgotten the big picture. I just hope we have enough enlightened Americans to turn this country around. If not, we are doomed.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      That's interesting I just used the word enlightened today in a facebook comment. I like the term Enlightened Americans. It says a lot about critical thinking and compromise. Voting up, useful, and SHARING. I will visit your profile after this.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I voted this up, useful, awesome and interesting. Also, let me be the first to say I am now following you on Hubpages. I like the term "Enlightened Americans." There is so much decisiveness in the political arena today with words, phrases, mantras, finger pointing and simply put...name calling. We really do need to get back on track or we are all going to be in a country none of us recognize anymore. Great article and I like your thought process.