19 Now it was the custom among all the Nephites to appoint for their chief captains, (save it were in their times of wickedness) some one that had the spirit of revelation and also prophecy; therefore, this Gidgiddoni was a great prophet among them, as also was the chief judge.
What would happen if our political leaders had the spirit of revelation and also prophecy? A demagogue is a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power. Most of our political leaders today are demagogues. Gidgiddoni's number one tactic for preparing to fight the Gadianton robbers was to tell the people to repent. That sort of moral leadership is sadly missing in our world.