Once in awhile if we are lucky, we run across someone who exemplifies the standards of Leadership we all seek.
Someone who says “follow me” and the path taken is forward into the light, into a world of decency, respect for others, freedom from base and cruel conduct. A leader worth following.
Such a person is Lt. General Jay Silveria, a 1985 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, now the Academy’s Superintendent.
Recently, racial slurs were found written on the doors of five black cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School.
Gneral Silveria stepped forward to deliver a message to the Academy’s student body. It was simple, understandable and powerful.
The message was, if you can’t treat others with decency and respect “you need to get out.”
Here is the link from the Washington Post of the video of General Silveria’s speech. I urge you to watch it.
I do not know General Silveria. I’ve never met him except through the brief speech he delivered. Watching and listening to him, I feel I know him and would willingly and gladly follow him as a Leader.
Don’t you wish that Donald J Trump was such a leader. Don’t you wish he had delivered such a speech against racism and intolerance rather than tell us there are “good people on both sides?”
And if the President of the United Statwes can’t, won’t deliver such a speech I beseech him to follow General Silveria’s advice and Get Out!
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