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Rita Dunaway is a constitutional attorney, the author of Restoring America’s Soul: Advancing Timeless Conservative Principles in a Wayward Culture and co-host of the weekly radio program, “Crossroads: Where Faith and Culture Meet.”


Monday, February 17th is Presidents’ Day. The holiday is traditionally the time when we particularly remember two of America’s great leaders: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This year, as we reflect on their abundant virtues, let’s consider them aspirations for our nation’s future presidents.


Humble leaders are not easy to find. But all of the truly great leaders share this quality. They are the kind of people who don’t consider any task beneath them.

A story is told of a soldier who rode out of his encampment on a bitter winter morning and noticed a group of fellow soldiers building a wall. They were struggling to raise a heavy beam to the top of it as their leader stood by giving orders. The rider approached and asked the leader why he did not join in the effort to lift the timber. The startled man responded, “But I’m a corporal, sir!”

The stranger dismounted his horse, approached the struggling crew, and with all his strength, helped them to set the beam in place. Then he said to the corporal, “The next time you have a piece of timber for your men to handle, send for your commander-in-chief.” The helpful, humble stranger was none other than George Washington himself.  ….

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