Every four years, many politicians come forward wishing to become President of The United States. Most of these candidates have one thing in common, the desire to obtain power. Only those who announce their intentions to run are considered, and they always come from one of the major parties.
When someone announces their desire to become President, it would probably be best to avoid that person like the plague. George Washing had no desire to become President; his dream was to be a farmer. However he agreed to run because he was asked by our Founding Fathers. The nation was failing apart under the Articles of Confederation, they didn’t trust themselves, and they sought out a leader.
After Washington retired, a leader was not really sought out. Party politics emerged and politicians once again fought for power. The hostility boiled to the point that Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. This all could have been avoided if both sides had sought a leader who had no thirst for power. The pattern they set was tossed aside.
Since that time, Gerald Ford is the only other person to become President without officially seeking it. He was not the first Vice-President to fill an unexpired term, but he was the first Vice President to be appointed to that office. When seeking a term in his own right, he was defeated.
What this nation really needs is to find a leader who does not want to be President. Instead of a leader finding followers to join their cause, followers should search out a leader and ask that person to step forward and lead.