Dear President Lincoln;
As of this writing, it’s been four Score and 68 years ago (+ 7 months and 7 days) since you were assassinated. We’ve come a long way since then…at least on the surface. In 2008 the people of the United States of America (one nation under God indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all) elected our first African American President; Barrack Obama. In 2012 President Barrack Obama was elected to a second term by a majority of the people of the United States of America. However and unfortunately, there are some states (you can even name them) as well as many individuals in this Nation that will never (NEVER) get past the fact that an African American has been elected twice as the leader of our great nation.
Mr. President I’m sorry to say today that we use you. You’re often referenced as one of the greatest American Presidents ever, but still we use you; to fuel our hypocrisy. We say we love you now, but what about then? America has never really embraced the “all men are created equal” rhetoric from our forefathers. After all look at what happened to you. Today in America (one nation under God indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all) we have walls between the political parties. These walls were built with no intention to be influenced at any time by the other party.
Walls aside and believe me they are real; walls aside, you would be proud of the way the majority of the American people saw thorough the political rhetoric and decided on an African American President not once but twice because he was the best person for the job; both times.
You know, we had a guy; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said someday we’ll be judged by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. He met the same fate as you. We use him too. We also lost another President in 1963; John F. Kennedy. This was another tragic day in America. We use him too. Then maybe as a “just in case” his brother was also assassinated. I wonder why we’re so tragically toxic towards our great leaders while they’re alive only to praise them afterwards. I wonder what you would say?
In 2010 I published my first book C.A.R.E. – Courage to take Action Relevant to Everyone. This is based on lessons learned from my career but also from 5 virtual mentors; all forefathers. Mr. President, I did not select you as a mentor because I really needed to go back before we had any Presidents to see how leadership develops when there are no political walls to align with; just trust right and find a way. I learned from them when care or (C.A.R.E.) is the motive: greatness comes out of the ordinary, nations can be raised and teamwork and leadership become one. I learned from you that this is not easily accomplished with a team of rivals. I learned from your lessons learned that you have a better chance of succeeding with a team of teammates.
I also mention in 2012 I received the President’s service award for developing my C.A.R.E. shared leadership model. I was proud to receive this but it came with a price. Those on the opposite of this second term Presidents politics deemed this award irrelevant, even without learning my political direction. This is terrible Mr. President, a terrible strategy which only keeps the United States a divided state.
At the end of the day, we haven’t really progressed. There’s a lingering entitlement issue and clearly a desire to keep the playing field “un level” and in favor of that one aging demographic; the big puffy aging aggressive self entitled white guy. I bet this sounds real familiar. I was wondering if this demographic also preached the opposite, their denial as loud as they could as a weak cover-up to fuel their agenda on your watch?
Honestly, America needs these guy’s but as teammates not self entitled policy makers.
You would think four score and 68 years (+ 7 months and 7 days) from your last day fighting for equality we would be further along but this may never happen.
If not for the American people as a whole, this country can easily be divided back into separate north/south governments. We have them today, not in the United States of America (thank God) but in other parts of the world. There are countries across this earth like Vietnam and Korea that never resolved their political differences and to this day are divided.
I fear if we’re not on our game this can still happen here. Yes I just said that. However like you my faith is in the American people as a whole and not just that one self entitled angry aging aggressive minority.
I’ll keep you posted.
Charles A. Lobosco; CSM, CSL, C.A.R.E. Certified
Consultant, author, speaker, change agent and radio host
C.A.R.E., Scrum and seminar leader certified.
Member ASLA, NADP
“All people are created equal”