Which of the following principles makes a man a man, are characteristics of great leaders, in the United States today?
a) All people are sacred.
b) People do not lose dignity because of disability, poverty, age, lack of success, or race. The emphasis is on people over things, being over having.
c) The human person is both sacred and social. We realize our dignity and rights in relationship with others, in community.
d) We are called to respect all of God's gifts of creation, to be good stewards of the earth and each other.
e) All people have a right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities to respect the rights of others and to work for the common good.
f) The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of any community. We are called to look at public policy decisions in terms of how they affect the poor.
g) People have a right to decent and productive work, fair wages, private property, and economic initiative. The economy exists to serve people, not the other way around.
h) We are one human family. Our responsibilities to each other cross national, racial, economic, and ideological differences.
i) We are called to work globally for justice.
I chose these partial statements verbatim from "Principles of Catholic Social Teaching," at :
In these days of me-first political division and personal attack, would you support a political leader of any persuasion who not only held the above statements as self-evident to the American dream but also acted on them, with public policy plans and decisions that reflected this Declaration-of- Independence- style social justice? How about leaders of any organization?