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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Presidency as a Baited Hook

What symbols of power do we worship in our culture? How so? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1292).

To be president of the United States is to be the leader of the most powerful country on earth and therefore inevitably becomes a symbol and focus for those seeking raw power. In some ways, those who yearn to be president are to be most pitied to the extent that their ambition indicates a hapless addiction to power (and it's ironic source--a sad and overwhelming sense of paralysis). Rather than strength, their driving ambition shows huge frailty at the very core of character.  One can yearn to be president to be a servant of the people, but we must beware (considering the glaring accoutrements of presidential power) that may well be the exceptional candidate.

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