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Jim Killebrew has 40 years of clinical psychological work for people with intellectual disabilities, and experience teaching, administration, consulting, writing with multiple publications. Dr. Killebrew has attended four Universities and received advanced degrees. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology; University of Illinois at Springfield, Counseling Education; M.A., Human Development Counseling; Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.A., Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Killebrew attended Lincoln Christian Seminary (Now Lincoln Christian University). Writing contributions have been accepted and published in several journals: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, The Lookout, and Christian Standard (multiple articles). He may be reached at Killebrewjb@aol.com.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

“It’s We the people, not Me the President”

A friend sent me an email with an attachment of a truck with a license plate that said, “It’s We the People,” not “Me the President.” I have no idea who put that phrase together, but in thinking about it I wondered how a person would behave in such an awesome office.

It is really strange to think that we have come such a long way in our country that we even have to remind ourselves that it is "We the People" and not "Me the President." The evolution of the Presidency is amazing to say the least. To think that one man out of millions of citizens could wield so great a power as to make decisions alone that changes the lives of so many; to independently decide a course of action that sends tens of thousands of fellow citizens to their death; to establish a policy that puts tens of millions of citizens in debt for scores of years is a transformation a person of lesser character could not sustain. The ascendancy of that office, or institution, to such great heights as to exist like a monarch, be protected like a king, obeyed like a general and revered like a seer, and have all of it translated into the single, focused power of one person is almost like constituency creating a god. It leaves little wonder when that "god" ascends to that office and enters into that sanctuary of the White House; it ceases to be "We the People" but, "Me the President."

Come to think of it though, perhaps that was in the minds of those men who established our constitutional form of government knowing what happens when an institution grows beyond its boundaries. The person who ascends to that power can easily become corrupted and thinks more highly of him/herself and forget about those to whom those positions are responsible. Perhaps that is why the great experiment of democracy in the United States began with, “We the People,” and not “Me the President.”

Take a minute to watch and listen to some significant words from a Great American, President Ronald Reagan.  Follow this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlgTwp93E48

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