Which leader would you rather have: One that is Morally Strong or Morally Weak? When asked the question, which leader would you want to have…one that is morally strong or morally weak, it makes you wonder what would be the best for the country. Someone that is morally weak doesn’t care about other people, just the best thing for him or her and in some instances that could be the best thing. They know what they want and they will never stop until they get it. Yet, sometimes the person can case havoc and destruction as Hitler did in World War 2.
No one had respect for him and the country was falling apart. There wasn’t any unity between the people, which is what has to happen to make a country prosperous and successful. Some people mistake “determination” for just being selfish. That is why I chose a leader who is “morally strong. ” Martin Van Buren who was the eighth president of the United States was a humble person. He was of Dutch descent and was born the son of a tavern keeper and a farmer in New York. As he grew up he became very interested in law and knew that he wanted to be involved with it somehow as he grew older.
He became a trusted advisor for Andrew Jackson. Jackson referred to him as, “a true man with no guile. ” Jackson’s bad choices made America fall into a depression in 1837. Jackson decided to get rid of the Second Bank of the United States, and that’s what made the once prosperous country, fall. Van Buren worked harder than ever to try and pick up America and bring her back to how she used to be. He once said, “panic was due to recklessness in business and over expansion of credit. ” He devoted himself to the solvency of the national government.
He worked so hard to get things back to the way they were and never stopped. He also opposed the expansion of slavery and blocked the annexation of Texas because he knew that it would only lead to a way with Mexico. Van Buren knew what he was doing and only wanted the best for his country even if it would be as powerful as others. He just wanted a successful country for his people. A country everyone would love. Martin Van Buren is only one example of someone who is “morally strong. ” British Prime Minister, Tony Blair is another.
In his term of being Prime Minister he has promoted a market economy; better education, with vocational training for teen-agers; elimination of long-term welfare; a European orientation; an English bill of rights and freedom-of-information act; an elected second chamber; a Welsh Assembly; a Scottish Parliament; and the restoration of a sense of community to the country. During the war that just passed a couple of weeks ago because of September 11th, Tony Blair kept the British people in line and made sure that they were protected.
He didn’t take any harsh moves or or make any bad decisions. The people of Britain not only trust him but respect him as well. They know that he is not in this for himself but the good of his country and he proves that everyday. Many people probably disagree with what I have written. They probably think that the leaders that are “morally strong” only get “stepped on” and their views don’t get listened to. They might think that the leaders that take action and go after what they think is best, which could be a war, get seen and heard.
No one wants to mess with them so they get to take over more easily. When you think of leaders who have made an impact through a war or destruction it makes you wonder if they could have made the same point through a different way of expressing it. Not only are they hurting other people when they try to take matters into their own hands but they’re only making things worse for themselves in the end. The country looks at a leader for ideas and answers to their questions and someone who only wants to cause hurt and dishonesty is not someone that you can look up to.
Someone you can respect. They not only lose the respect of the people in their country that they are “trying” to make better but they also make everyone turn against them. I think the above happens when one person gets filled with greed. They do want the best for their country but they just go about the wrong ways to try and make it happen. They think that if they try to scare the opponent by killing them or trying to take over, that they will gain more respect when really no one even likes them and wants them in the position that they’re in.
Some people just don’t understand. That is why I chose someone who is “morally strong. ” They listen to people and they care. A good leader is someone who has feelings and wants their people to love them. They want more than just fighting, they want peace. I personally think that someone who is “morally weak” wants the best for their country but feels that they have to dominate to get that. If they would only listen, they would realize more things happen when there’s less fighting and more listening.