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"Without vision the people perish." In Maslow's healthy psyche, the ambassador of such a disposition would strive to fulfill the purpose of leadership: they would strive to create a vision on which people could rely.  

In our nation's history there have been president's who, arguably, could be considered representative's of this mind-set. In modern times, perhaps Kennedy, Reagan, and Clinton to name a few. But, I believe that the clearest exemplar of this view in recent history is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR).

FDR called his vision "a New Deal for the American people." The New Deal gave us:   Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, to name just a few of its programs. In contrast, where Bush gave America war and falsity, FDR gave people a firm vision of life and a future on which to stand.  

FDR was elected to four terms. He was never defeated.He achieved the perpetual power that every ego-centered, power-seeking operative craves. But this was not his goal. His goal was to serve people. This was his purpose. In his First Inaugural Address, he said it like this:

"Plenty is at our doorstep, but the rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence" They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish. "The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit. "These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men."    

Whenever a president fulfills the purpose of the office, you have an example of True Service. Where there is no vision, there can be no security, no matter how much power the vision-less possess.  

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Eric Z. Lucas is an alumnus of Stanford University (Creative Writing Major: 1972-1975), the University of Washington (1981: BA English Literature and Elementary Education) and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986. Since law school he has been a public (more...)

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The ability to articulate a vision is a critical p... by Eric Lucas on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 7:41:49 AM
.   In his First Inaugural Address, ... by Eric Lucas on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 1:25:58 AM