What did William Penn see as necessary for good government and good leaders three-hundred years ago? In Preface to The Frame of the Government of the Province of Pennsylvania in America, 1682, William Penn wrote,
” . . . Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But, if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn.
I know some say, let us have good laws, and no matter for the men that execute them: but let them consider, that though good laws do well, good men do better: for good laws may want good men, and be abolished or evaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer ill one . . .”
I wonder if Penn would think his vision for good government and good leadership has been recognized in Tredyffrin?