I feel the need to speak out about something that has been bothering me for a quite while, some might say its semantics but I disagree. Even if what I'm about to speak out about is once was based solely on semantics, sadly it's not any longer. It has become more of an entitlement of power and leadership, the title President of the United States.
Somewhere along the way the President started being referred to as the Leader of the United States, Leader of the Free World then it grew to mean more than the cold war era meaning. All of a sudden the President of the US was the most powerful leader in the world, how did a servant to the people, the spokesperson of the people become the most awed, feared power in the world? An even better question is when did we; the people, start believing the President was our leader, how could any American citizen allowed that to happen?
What were we thinking to be a country that truly was for the people, where the people, all the people voices would be heard and listened to. Voices that sang of hope, freedoms, dreams, every country desired to be as the US the country of milk and honey a place where anyone could speak their mind no matter if it was in agreement or disagreement and did not have to fear risking their freedoms or lives. A country that elected another citizen to be their collective voices, to speak and fight for what the people wanted.
The President of the United States was never to be 'the leader' but the spokesperson of all the people, a servant to the people as President Abraham Lincoln said in closing of the Gettysburg Address "government of the people, by the people, for the people". A leader is a leader rather they called themselves, Queen, King, or President and the United States was a nation formed by, of and for the people, a brand new idea, unheard of.
Is this the same great nation that was the champion of free speech, free press, free ideals, same country with 'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free', that greeted so many immigrant? How did we become the country divided, threats to limit speech, health care for profit, 20% of our children hungry, homelessness, one percent of the people calling the shots for the entirely of the nation?
As I have followed the Occupy Movement, watch and hear their GA (general assembles) I see what this nation used to be, a nation that everyone words were allowed to be said and heard, where a true vote was taken by the PEOPLE and decided by those votes and not the votes of some electoral college, but then the President of the United States became the 'leader'.
Do you really still think referring to the President as leader is nothing more than semantics? Words are full of power and if you title someone as Queen, King do they not think they are 'above' the commoners, for they are after all 'leaders' to rule over the people.
As I gave more and more thought to the word leader and the power it held I finally understood what OWS meant with saying the movement has no leader, for we shouldn't have 'A leader' for this nation as the Occupy Movement for the 99% is chock full of leaders, each and everyone of us.
Perhaps our mainstream media, politicians, and yes even the president should take this play out of the Occupy Wall Street Movement book 'without a leader'. For if your nation is great with a leader we are a spectacular nation when we ALL are allowed to lead, not just the selective few.