Who Should Rule the United States?

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Both teams are a formidable combination and would have much to offer in terms of being leaders of a nation. All with the exception of Socrates are descended from royalty and have the blood of gods and goddesses running through them. Socrates, Akhilleus and Hektor have fought in previous wars, so they have the qualities that a good leader would need during times of war and the ability to make the necessary decisions as well. The team of Socrates and Antigone represent a quest for knowledge, a love of teaching, a love of family, and a respect for sacred laws that are sorely lacking in today's society. Socrates states in The Apology, "I have no claim to wisdom, great or small;" [Plato 142]. Socrates' quest for knowledge and love of teaching came from the idea that one should always examine everything around him and question everything around him. Only by questioning what you see and what others think they know, can you learn and gain wisdom. Antigone has a respect for the sacred laws as they apply to family, honoring the dead, and in honoring the gods. She reminds us that, "I owe a longer allegiance to the dead than to the living, for in that world I shall abide forever" [Antigone 339]. The weaknesses in these two individuals would lie more in Antigone than in Socrates. Antigone's strict adherence to the sacred laws shows an inflexibility to make adjustments when dealing with civil law. The laws of the gods are important, but the laws of the gods cannot always supercede those of man and in any state, there should be some sort of separation of church and state. Akhilleus and Hektor bring a sense of honor, strength and purpose to the table. Hektor states in the Iliad that, "Long ago I learned how to be brave, how to go forward always and to contend for honor" [Iliad 155]. Hektor didn't just fight for the survival of Troy, but he also fought to preserve his honor and the honor of his father, Priam. Akhilleus also believes in honor for those who are living and for those who are dead. Andromakhe speaks of how Akhilleus honored her father when he killed him. She said, "[h] e killed him, but, reverent at last in this, did not despoil him. Body, gear, and weapons forged so handsomely, he burned, and heaped a barrow over the ashes" [Iliad 155].
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