Archive for December, 2013

In the Western World, we take the right to vote for granted. Yet it is a powerful tool that we can use to shape and improve our society. Which politicians deserve our vote? This is a highly personal question. This post is intended to encourage debate.

Politics draws many people who have a keen interest in controlling others. For the sake of simplicity, let’s call them control freaks. Unless we like being controlled, these are not people we want to lead us. How do we separate control freaks from worthy leaders? Here are a few suggestions.

Record of Accomplishment

Worthy leaders may, or may not be, charismatic, but their accomplishments speak for themselves. The main asset of control freaks is often their supposed charisma.


Worthy leaders are often, though not always, humble. Think of Abraham Lincoln. Control freaks are almost always egomaniacs who feel they are a gift to the world.

Attitude Towards Citizens

Worthy leaders treat citizens as responsible adults who are able to make their own decisions in life. Control freaks treat citizens as silly children who need constant government supervision.

Treatment of Opponents

Worthy leaders encourage frank debate. Control freaks demonize those who disagree with them.

Personal Freedom

Worthy leaders want people to have greater political power. They promote national referendums on many issues, for example. Control freaks want maximum government regulation of peoples’ lives.


Worthy leaders encourage people to be independent. Control freaks encourage people to accept government handouts.

Every vote we cast for a worthy leader is an argument to better our lives, our country and our world.




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It has been over two weeks since I’ve blogged here, due to moving, completing my book and other, mostly mundane, reasons.  I’ll call it a vacation from blogging. Do you feel it is a good idea to take vacations from blogging?

On the plus side, it is generally a good idea to take a vacation from just about everything sometimes. Vacations give us a chance to recharge our batteries and return with more enthusiasm. They may also combat blogger fatigue; which takes a major toll on  bloggers and causes many to quit.

On the other hand, you risk losing readers when you don’t blog for considerable periods of time. Overall, I view bloggers and their readers as having a relationship. Most relationships benefit from occasional periods of being apart.

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