The Greatest Among Us…
In a post on Sunday, Barry Fain, who is a longtime Republican activist in Jefferson County and is the originator of this blog, wrote that he felt compelled to admit that he is indeed the the originator of the Facebook pages for the Jefferson County Republican Party, the Jefferson County Republican Women of the Future (RWOF), and the Jefferson County Young Republicans. For quite some time, Barry maintained those internet presences and this weblog without asking for any personal credit for the work he did. Barry is not only a great Republican, but I count him as a personal friend, and I know that he hasn’t done any of this work for personal gain. He chose not to seek a party office despite the fact that he very likely would have easily won the office of his choice.
In my nomination speech at the Jefferson County Republican Mass Convention on January 29th-a speech I gave after Barry Fain chose to honor and humble me by placing my name into nomination for 2nd Vice Chairman-I spoke of the importance of working as a team. I have received many calls of congratulations since I won the election held for 2nd Vice Chair that day. The last person who called me, though, said that they were impressed with what I said and with my accomplishments. The reality, however, is that none of the work that has been done since I became 2nd Vice Chairman in October 2010 could have been accomplished at all without the help and support of fellow Republicans, from Terry Gann and Ginger Franklin to Sue Hoke and Betty Fain, who wanted to help and who knew that without their assistance the work might not have been done. What accomplishments might have been credited to me would not have been possible without the help of so many-something I will freely and gladly admit.
Similarly, it is wrong to do as some seem to have done and take credit for work they did not do. The right thing to do is to say that you are utilizing some great resources, thank the person or people responsible for helping bring those resources to bear, and say that now you are ready to take the next step and improve on those resources.
As Republicans, we can do so much more together than we could ever accomplish alone. That is sometimes hard to actualize when some people choose to take credit for the things they didn’t do. The very best leaders-both for our party and our community-are not those who are seeking to get credit for themselves, but those who are freely willing to give credit away without taking any at all. In the words of Christ (Matthew 20:26-27):
It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister: And he that will be first among you, shall be your servant.
It would do well for all of our party leaders-myself included- to remember that they do not lead alone, and that they are here to serve and not to be served.