Effective leaders mix humility, kindness, and composure, in what may be thought of quite simply, as “human decency”.
Most Republican primary voters do not share my view. The one candidate displaying the most decency is in last place. And it appears as if most Democratic primary voters do not share my opinion either. The Democratic candidate exhibiting the most humility, kindness, and composure is losing that race too.
I can’t help but conclude, I’m an idiot.
I also believe life in the United States has improved over the last seven years—fewer people are destitute around the world, GLBT citizens are enjoying new civil rights, more people are working and have health insurance, our environmental ethic is stronger, we’re opting for diplomacy over conventional warfare, the stock market has more than doubled in value, and everything has worked out beautifully on Downton Abbey.
Most Republican primary voters do not share my view. Apparently, the frontrunner’s success is the result of deep-seated, widespread anger at the state of things. In their view, we don’t win anymore. Who cares about people in other places, traditional marriage and religious liberty are under constant attack, socialized medicine means worsening quality of care, and who cares about the stock market when there’s not any savings to invest. If only “W” could have had a third and fourth term.
My whacked out thinking is probably the result of my white, male, well-to-do privilege trifecta. In the interest of going along to get along, maybe I should get more angry, think more negatively, and support the most brash candidate possible, human decency be damned.
You might find “traditionalist conservative” Ron Dreher’s view insightful on this subject
You’d be selling out if you voted for the most brash candidate possible (and we know who that is). But that’s not you. since you admit to having decency. Seems you have this whole thing figured out—if only you had someone to vote for! Yes, things did work out nicely in Downton Abbey, didn’t they?
Your comment about the Democratic candidates is quite a stretch. Your blog didn’t need to include it and would’ve been more credible without. V
Given the tenor of your post, I’d suggest Ohio governor John Kasich as a mix of humility, kindness, and composure, quite simply, “human decency”. It’s a shame he’s getting bulldozed by the trio of clowns running ahead of him.
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Controversial here to say I know, but President Bush had far more decency in him than the current GOP front-runner.
I will miss Obama