What happens when what always works does not? What happens to leaders who are blinded by the momentum of power from past successes? Equally fair, what happens to leaders who are thrust into power by overreactions to the establishment? Answer: nothing good.
A maelstrom of entropy is looming over us, the world’s only superpower. Quixotic tilting against objectified “evil-minded devils” fills our bandwidths. Our national cortisol has spiked to threatening levels. Our unity as Americans has disappeared, deflated by our own in-fighting. Mean-spirited feuding has become our national sport.
Why, in less than two decades, have we Americans let our powerful family disintegrate from compromise and cooperation into rabid rabble-rousing, closely paralleling the vicious personal attacks, and snipes that preceded the Civil War? Has such hyperbolic, gladiatorial nastiness become the minimum standard for political success? Has the anonymity of virtual communications emboldened us to self-righteously attack and degrade people we do not know?
The winds of political change are blowing furiously in all directions; sails of power are becoming sea anchors of defeat; populist cannons are blasting broadside the galleons of the establishment; long-time admirals of state are too far from the shores of reconciliation to avoid going down with ships of hubris.
Who is ready to transform our thinking, our attitudes, and our beliefs about one another? Who is ready to turn our swords into plowshares, to make peace with our greatness, and to make room for other ideas? Who is prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans and salute. Isn’t anyone else tired of this war?