Compassion and caring essential for leadership

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The election is over. The reality of the country's re-election of President Obama may be difficult for some. It may be the United States but we will be forever divided, not only by politics, but by classes: the super rich, the rich, the middle class, the poor and the ones who suffer most, people living under the poverty level.

The amount of money contributed to the campaigns of Obama and Mitt Romney is beyond disgraceful considering the myriad needs of our society. It's nearly $2 billion, which could have been used to help people.

I believe that compassion and caring are essential for leaders. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul admonishes leaders to "support the weak." His philosophy of care and giving would cause him to be deemed a "liberal" or a "socialist," or even the "welfare apostle" today. It is astonishing that providing for the poor, the young, the elderly, etc., is maligned by some people.

The gifted -- those with money, time or talent -- are blessed to be in a position to support the weak. Failing to support the weak makes a person a greedy, savage wolf. Uncaring, uncompassionate leaders fall within the ranks of "savage wolves" preying on, instead of caring for, the weak.

Today's leaders should be cautioned about the impact of money used to secure influence of all sorts.

Did anyone expect Obama to solve all of our problems from the previous administration? Of course the Republicans who run the House do not agree that he wants to tax the rich more. But let's face it, the rich will always be rich.

Let us pray for our leaders. Thank God we live in a democracy where we get the opportunity to elect a president every four years, compared to living under a dictatorship.

Mary Alice Trimmer, Streetsboro

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