In a Tweet I sent yesterday, I said “Leaders choices affect those who follow”. This was in response to an article from USA Today entitled “N.J. cop: Obama doesn’t follow Constitution”.
In this article, a Special Police Officer (retired officer, working part time) asks a citizen to stop filming. The citizen says that he has a constitutional right to film, and the special officer demands he stop because “”Obama has decimated the friggin’ constitution, so I don’t give a damn,” said Recine, who is a retired Franklin, N.J., police officer. “Because if he doesn’t follow the Constitution we don’t have to.”
I don’t know whether President Obama has violated the constitution or not. I do know that politicians, who are supposed to be the leaders of our country, seem to place themselves above the law at times (perhaps it is because we have laws that prevent prosecution while in office). By doing so, we citizens at times decide that we too can act outside of the law – if it is OK for them, it is OK for me.
In this case, we have several characters who evidently think that they can act outside of the law. We have the citizen, who appears to be in a private animal shelter, filming activities they’ve been asked not to film. We have a special police officer who could care less for the citizen’s rights, because he believes our president breaks the law. We also have a police supervisor who seems to have formed an opinion that the citizen was likely out of line, without even being there.
The reason for my tweet was not to blame any specific person for not following the law. I have few facts in this case, or in any case other than my own, to judge them. Rather, I hoped to demonstrate the importance of The Choices we Make, especially the choices of a person in a leadership position.
‘The do as I say, not as I do’ attitude seems a ready excuse for many who seek to justify their actions; but also excuse their inability to follow their own instructions. Leaders need to lead through action, not through words. We need to hold our leaders accountable for their actions and their inability to lead. Our actions do speak louder than our words.
Remember, The Choices we Make not only define us and our character, they also set an example for others who look up to us. Be a leader, Make Intelligent Choices, choices you would be proud for others to follow.Shareby