Why do we teach our children that forgiveness, sharing, gratitude, humility, grace, compassion, and decent boldness are essential to our humanity and the preservation of civilized society, but then accept less than that from our elected leaders?
If we excuse our leaders by saying that world is a hard and messy place and that we need abrasive, cunning leaders to represent our interests and advance our cause, aren’t we preparing our children for failure? Aren’t we being hypocritical?
Wouldn’t it be more consistent to cultivate and promote leaders who embrace these essential virtues or short of that, to hold our current leaders to this standard, and to remove them when they fall short.
Might never makes right. True authority never derives from force.