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Being President Requires Honesty and Accountability

Being President Requires Honesty and Accountability

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Being president requires honesty and accountability, in no small measure, in any kind of organization. Being president also requires a good measure of strength and humility. How can anyone be an effective president of anything without these personal qualities?

The gravity of the need of these traits to be present can be no greater than in the person who occupies The White House as President of the United States.

What about the need for institutional knowledge and respect? The President of the United States should always demonstrate a real command and understanding of the history of this country. He or she should show ultimate respect for the sacred principles, policies and institutions on which this country was founded and on which its future depends.

Imagine what would happen to organizations, companies, governmental entities if the leader is allowed to consistently indulge in thoughtless, reckless, dishonest, and irresponsible behavior? Ultimately, those organizations, companies or governmental entities will not stand. Why do we think it will be any different for America? It is not.

Being President Requires Honesty and Accountability

The damage or ultimate demise may not be immediate nor permanent, depending on the age, experience and resilience of the entity that has fallen victim to someone who is not qualified. But, why on earth would caring and concerned individuals that stand to lose so much, be hurt or seriously diminished by such leadership, allow it?

America is a strong, resilient, prosperous and blessed nation when one considers and compares it to many other countries in the world. But, even America cannot withstand the repeated undermining of principles, laws, and values that made it great in the first place.

All thinking Americans cannot afford to forget the fate of great nations in the annals of history. Remember Rome? That great unparalleled empire was not destroyed by external forces, but the weakness, discord, and corrupt practices from within. During the time of the Roman Empire, there wasn’t a nation or enemy or earth that could have defeated or destroyed it. Romans allowed their great nation to be destroyed. Sounds familiar?

America is still the strongest nation on earth. But how long will it remain if caring citizens allow it leaders to continue disregard sacred institutions, lie at will, show utter disregard for the principles on which this country was built, and dismantle the laws and policies that sustain it? Such behavior by a leader would not be tolerated anywhere else.

Being president requires honest and accountability. Those are minimum requirements when it comes to being President of the United States.

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Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis
Janice S. Ellis, PhD, is an award-winning author. Her book, From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major book sellers. She has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. You can see her writings on this website.


  1. Maury Cheskes says:

    This article is very unnerving, but also very true. We can only pray that Trump won’t get elected next term with his high unapproval rating. I think there are still enough good people and leaders in America so that the foundation of its virtues and independence will stay alive.

  2. peace says:

    The citizens must know that to make the leaders like the president to be responsive then they must be held responsible and made to render account of their stewardship. Surely being a president needs one that will be honest and accountable to the people.

  3. David Mureithi says:

    This is the truth itself. Actually, to be a leader in any organisation, you must be possessing great honesty level.

  4. Sindey Moreno says:

    I agree, being president of any country is a huge responsability and requires because her/his actions and desitions will affect others for good or for bad.

  5. cess garate says:

    I agree that the president should be honest and accountable. What will happen to a country if the president always lies. How can a president make America great again if his not accountable.

  6. Laura says:

    Yes, Presidency requires honesty and accountability. Sadly, there are many global leaders who do not possess those principles. Not just in the US. I think people should never forget their core values and will always vote leaders according to their values in life.

  7. Nico Mallo says:

    Personally I don’t know how the president do his job in America, but I agree that every president should have that quality. We need a leader that we can count on and a leader who always think of his people. He needs to be honest in order to trust by his nation. Accountability that he can lead the country into better nation.

  8. Feddy says:

    I’m in support of this,a president should always be accountable to the masses and not infringe on any one’s right.

    I will love to see a world where the presidents are held to fulfill all their promises and make life meaningful to its citizenry.

  9. AJ says:

    To err is to human, however, it should not be an excuse to lie, or to incite hate by pointing fingers at innocent people, or to destroy what made the people of America great in the first place which is understanding that everyone has a dream, the right to dream, and the right to make their dreams a reality. Presidents are elected to lead the people and to guide them, not to order them around and yell at them should anything not happen the way that he wanted it to be.

    You hit it right in the head – honesty, accountability, and a host of other likable traits, are what’s missing in this current administration’s selected leader. Nazis are marching the streets again, hate, bigotry, racism, and other unbelievable acts of cruelty towards man and nature are becoming more commonplace. Unless the people again step forward to say enough is enough, America will sadly lose itself in a downward spiral of chaos.

  10. Justin Antonio says:

    I think people should be very mindful of who they vote and select to become their President. Not only in the US, but most countries are plagued with that problem of having dishonest leaders who don’t hold themselves accountable for the things that they do which greatly affects the nation that they lead. Now, what should we do about it? Make our voices heard. Speak our minds. Learn from our mistakes, and be more wary and cautious and responsible when elections come.

  11. vikram parmar says:

    There is knowledge about time. There are values which one has to seek to get to the best destinations.

  12. Stephen Lockhart says:

    You couldn’t have said it any better. Being the President is the ultimate responsibility, and you really owe A LOT to the people you SERVE

  13. Scott Summers says:

    Honesty and Accountability is crucial whether it who and what you are President or not. I may not know much about TRUMP but we have our own version. Does Duterte ring any bells?

  14. Ron says:

    Who is Donald Trump. He lies so much he doesn’t even know who he is! Get him out

  15. Tom/ (Tommy)/ Thomas/ Thomas Glenn/Thomas Glenn Cottom 2/TGC2/ (((((?SAINT THOMAS JAMES BONDINI 0007))))) says:

    ? the article brings about awareness to the navigation of time and to the people’s lives involved and contained within political systems and what values we need to seek to reach humanities best destinations . it also points out that when leaders fail we are all doomed unless we take responsibility to set the steering wheel and rutters of time on course. I believe it is plain to see to the naked eye and if it hasn’t been I have tried to bring things into site because the fundamentals of bullshit have so overruled the fundamentals of any good worthiness for so long. while many lives have ended up ship wrecked in many ways while certain inner circles just cruise on by is not a laughing matter to me .it is not that they just cruise on by they are responsible for most of the many damages we incur. if some people think that the thought of heaven provides some answers with it you would correct about that but seem to miss the part some people have other plans and their plans will be anything and everything short of the correct solutions. not many,people go into the history books they are just washed away in time but your lives are more important than the controllers are because of the controllers/leaders are constantly people’s problem. the end turn to the next page

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