If you extrapolate out the Declaration of Independence's words you get a "more equal" world. In a "more equal" world you have less need for an extraordinary leader. Lao Tzu (Zhou Dynasty 500-400 BC), perhaps said it best:
"The best leaders are those the people hardly know exist.
"The next best is a leader who is loved and praised.
"Next comes the one who is feared.
"The worst one is the leader that is despised."
What Mr. Brooks (“The Leaderless Doctrine”) fails to realize is this started with George Washington's alleged wooden teeth. We have been HUMANIZING our leaders and making them MORE EQUAL ever since. We have in essence been defrocking them starting with the first, George Washington, through FDR's mistress, Jerry Ford’s pratfalls, Ronald Reagan's vanity hair, JFK's indiscretions and finally to Clinton's proven non-sexual relations, a.k.a. sodomy, between consenting adults in the Oval Office.
We the People never needed the extraordinary leader, WE used the extraordinary leader to gathers us into swarms of individuals. Today We the People have trouble believing ANY individual is truly extraordinary and prefer to use Abraham Lincoln’s maxim, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” And see how the swarm reacts.
What We have to do now is extract all the vestiges of the reliance on the extraordinary individual and make all ACCOUNTABLE to the law. The assertion of a need for Judicial
originally postulated to altruistically SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
JUSTICE in the face of malice, corruption, sincere ignorance and conscientious
stupidity. Judicial Independence as “absolute immunity” today
COVERS UP malice, corruption, sincere ignorance and conscientious stupid