Is it someone with a sparkling charisma that moves the masses? Is it someone who has the appearance of prominence and power?
Or is it someone whose voice thunders as he challenges the status quo? What is a leader?
I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, a medium sized city in Western Massachusetts about 90 miles west of Boston. I took my studies seriously, played the usual sports, and read a great many books. Growing up in a house across the street from a church had an enormous influence on me.
I went to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After that, I went to Boston University Medical School. In New England and in New York, I spent several years as an Emergency Room Doctor before moving to Florida and becoming a Primary Care Physician at Family Medicine Center in Boynton Beach, Florida. Today, I own and run five Humana Medicare Advantage Centers and an Urgent Care Center. As the captain of a team of fourteen Doctors, I must make business and administrative decisions as well as medical decisions.
In my work as a Doctor, I make life and death decisions almost every day. I work with my patients as they face death and disease. I work with my patients as they face the fear of death, the same emotion our soldiers experience in combat. I am decisive and make the tough decisions when the stakes are high—the buck stops with me.
My wife Tamsin and I grew up in the same neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts. Our families knew each other. We went to the same Elementary School, the same Junior High School, the same High School, and the same College. Our roots could not go deeper. We have two children, a boy and a girl, and they are both married.
I have proudly served my country as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. I understand firsthand the hopes and fears of our soldiers as they step up to serve their country in combat. Therefore, I am committed to better health care for our veterans—they deserve far better than what they have been receiving.
The nation is questioning its leadership because the track record of the past seven years has been so abysmal. Obama has no compass to find true north. In the wake of one disaster after another, I say that we need leaders who listen to the conscience that God gave them.
So when you decide who will lead this country, ask yourself this question: WHAT IS A LEADER?
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