The importance of Servant Leadership

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A servant leader is someone who works primarily to secure goodness for other people. Laurence McCullough, my pastor at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church, demonstrates servant leadership on a regular basis when he is always available for people in need. Colin Powell used to practice servant leadership by leading from example and thereby, earning everyone's respect. Bill Gates continues to practice servant leadership through multi-billion dollar charitable projects-though a leader certainly does not need billions of dollars to be a servant.

Is John Linder an effective servant leader? You must judge for yourself, but for several reasons, I would say he is not.

* Mr. Linder does not serve taxpayers: he has tried to pass the same flawed tax legislation each of the past nine years, and that legislation still has nowhere near enough support to go anywhere.
* Mr. Linder does not serve energy consumers: he opposes all renewable energy programs and advocates a "drill, drill, drill" policy that our own U.S. Department of Energy says will not lower gas prices at all before 2030- and not much thereafter.
* Mr. Linder serves neither students nor teachers: in 2007, his long-standing habit of voting money out of public schools prompted the National Education Association to give him the grade "F" for his failure to "promote the cause of quality public education."
* Mr. Linder does not serve seniors: in 2007, his long-standing habit of voting against measures to strengthen social security and other programs prompted the Alliance for Retired Americans to grade him 10% out of 100 for his failure to support "social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens."
* In fact, Mr. Linder serves just about no one: of the 185 bills he has sponsored over the past sixteen years, only two have become law. A Congressman cannot serve anyone if he cannot convince other legislators to support his proposals.

My track record of family, military, and business successes shows I can bring people together and get the results our district and our country deserve. I have specific ideas about how our Congress should practice fiscal discipline, reform taxes, fund education, and tackle many of our country's other problems. As your Congressman, I will bring people together and help turn good ideas into reality.

Doug Heckman is candidate for U.S. Congress. I am asking for your vote to send me to the United States Congress. To find out more why you should vote for me, please visit www.dougheckman.com.

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