Crises of Leadership
by The Fat Lady Sings, Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 08:25:24 AM EST
Where are the Democrats in all of this? Yeah, ol' `Give `em hell Harry' stood up in Congress and shut the place down for a spell. Not bad - but not enough. Not nearly. I mean - it's about time somebody rose up to some sort of challenge - though so far all I'm seeing is a little criticism, and gnashing of teeth. Not a one of `em has taken a deep breath and made the St. Crispin's Day speech. And we desperately need that now! This country has lost heart. Where is a Roosevelt to rally behind? Who will exhort us to reach down into the core of what makes us American? Words have significance well beyond their temporary meaning. They become touchstones that comfort, hearten, inspire. Not to become maudlin over this, but if you haven't recently, read the Declaration of Independence. You will see why Jefferson sweat blood over every word. He was not only defining the philosophy of a nation, the man was calling us to arms!
It has been suggested in some European papers that America is crumbling along the lines of the old Soviet Union. In my opinion, that's more France's gig at the moment; but should we get hit with another huge disaster, (natural or man-made), they might not be far wrong. Before that happens, before some child who has no concept of what life is or has to offer blows himself up along with thousands of our fellow citizens, someone has to begin to lead.
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