Nonsequitur: The Purpose of Public Office

April 27, 2013

Last Thursday, five presidents of the United States shared a stage.  One of them used these words to explain the responsibilities of the office.

“In democracy, the purpose of public office is not to fulfill personal ambition. Elected officials must serve a cause greater than themselves.   The political winds blow left and right, polls rise and fall,  supporters come and go. But in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions  they hold.

As president, I tried to act on these  principles every day. It wasn’t  always easy and it certainly wasn’t always popular …  And when our freedom came under attack, we made the  tough decisions required to keep the American  people safe…”

“…It’s the honor of a lifetime to lead  a country as brave and as noble as the United States. Whatever challenges come before  us, I will always believe our  nation’s best day lie ahead.  God bless.”  – George W. Bush

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