A great pres­i­dent would let the peo­ple rule

Orlando Sentinel - - OPINION -

I read Richard Gau­dio’s let­ter (“Carter is a great man, but Trump’s a bet­ter leader,” Nov. 20) re­gard­ing the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties of for­mer Pres­i­dent Carter and Pres­i­dent Trump. I agree with most of what he said, ex­cept his con­clu­sion.

His ad­mi­ra­tion for strong lead­ers is shared by the cur­rent pres­i­dent. Trump’s cam­paign of­ten por­trayed his com­peti­tors as weak and in­ef­fec­tive while he seemed to fa­vor the lead­er­ship style of Vladimir Putin and other dic­ta­tors.

Dic­ta­tors have an ad­van­tage when it comes to “ef­fi­ciency.” They ac­cept no op­pos­ing opin­ions and no reg­u­la­tions. Sounds ef­fi­cient? Yes it does, but it is no longer a demo­cratic repub­lic where peo­ple are free and lead­ers are held ac­count­able.

In busi­ness, a boss makes the rules. That is not the way I want our gov­ern­ment to work in this great coun­try. In Amer­ica, the peo­ple make the rules.

John Court­ney Win­ter Park

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