So I’m the leader of Patriots Nation now? I accept. To be clear, I did not seek this position. Nor did I campaign for it. With all due respect to Fred Kirsch of Patriots Football Weekly, a publication I have subscribed to for many years, the people have spoken. And as Plato writes in The Republic, the ideal ruler is one who does not wish to rule. That way you know he isn’t seeking power to enrich himself and can be trusted to govern wisely.
The only issue now becomes what kind of leader I will be.
A Philosopher King in the Plato mold? Possibly, but that sounds like way too much book learning.
Maybe a God King, like Xerxes in “300”? I like the sound of that. But the whole slavery thing is a turnoff. And Leonidas was way cooler because his men would do anything for him. Right up until the time that “do anything for him” thing included dying horribly in a hail of arrows.
A despotic emperor type like Darth Sidious in “Star Wars?” Nope. Too murdery. And as much as I’d like lightning bolts to shoot out of my fingertips, I know I’d be using them on people who stand in the middle of the aisle at the supermarket.
Maybe a kindly, heroic Aragorn of Gondor type? There’s nothing not to like about that. But that’s not me. There’s only one model of a leader for me to emulate.
Bill Belichick. A benign despot. Kind to my subjects. Brutal to my enemies. A brilliant strategist who can see worldly events unfolding before they transpire. Someone who dispenses quick, brutal justice for wrongdoers and rewards those who do right. A man who does not suffer fools gladly. Who doesn’t care what the press says about him as long as his soldiers and his public adore him. A giant among men who believes loyalty is a two-way street. A iron fist in a grey-hooded sleeve with a Jersey rocker song in his heart and an old Paul Brown story on his lips.
That’s the kind of leader I’ll be. I humbly accept the position and will govern well. Now come the days of the king. All hail Jerry I.
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