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Leadership Sacrificed to the
Lionization of Milquetoast
If you’re serving in or hope to serve in high office, it would be best for you not to have opinions, show leadership, or otherwise do what might be considered your job. Leaders who lead are considered risky and bold. The political intelligentsia would advise you to be quiet, look ponderous, show grave concern, but avoid expressing too many actual opinions. Leave leadership to those in less responsible positions.
People who are old fashioned enough to believe in ideas are occasionally frustrated because nothing seems to happen. Similarly, politicians — who are rarely if ever confused with people who believe in anything — are sometimes befuddled by their inability to accomplish much. Surrounded by advisers constantly urging caution, too many putative leaders indulge themselves in regular hand-wringing about the dangers of having strong opinions.
We are used to the lionization of milquetoast on the local level and it promises to be on display regularly during the presidential campaign as well. Click here to keep reading.