A long way from a thousand points of light

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One of the main roles of a head of state is to provide some form of moral leadership to the community. It may not be a written role, but it is unavoidable that a large community will look for some form of leadership to speak to their aspirations and their beliefs.

Ronald Reagan framed his role in terms of an existential struggle against the Communist menace. George H.W. Bush saw a "thousand points of light". Bill Clinton used empathy as his vector for moral leadership, telling people "I feel your pain".

In more recent times, George W. Bush had a tendency to wax philosophical around his Evangelical Christian beliefs, while Barack Obama could be moralizing -- in a detached and academic sort of way.

But in each of these cases, the role of the Presidency was seen in part as that of a head of state: A job that requires a dimension of moral leadership.

And then, we got this:


I'm no fan of Don Lemon. He seems nice, but his interview style isn't my thing. So I don't watch his show. But for the President of the United States to spend his Friday night calling him "the dumbest man on television"?

Donald Trump clearly has no interest whatsoever in the moral leadership role of the Presidency. His wife is on a campaign to stop cyberbullying, and he's wasting his platform picking on TV anchors.

Some might look at the President's tweets and say, "So what?" 

But real conservatives know that politics are downstream of culture. If you have any form of democracy, then your democracy can really only be as good as the people. And good people deserve leaders who want to do good in the world -- and who practice good behavior.

Brian Gongol

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