Thursday, February 7, 2013
Lewis noted that with this change, our demand upon these individuals changed no less than their demands on us. For of a ruler one asks justice, incorruption, diligence, and perhaps clemency; of a leader, dash, initiative, and what people called 'magnetism' or 'personality' (or I would add 'electability' or 're-electability'). Today, more than 60 years after Lewis made his observation, I think his words ring truer than ever.
With all of the posturing and pandering that goes on in today's world of politics, the word politician (i.e. leader) has become synonomous with a slick, slimy, criminal mafioso. Gone is the trust of a figure who possesses altruism and a servant's heart. Today, good-looking puppets seek to beat out their opponents in a sort of beauty and/or popularity contest. Election periods are cut-throat and ruthless. All too often there is absolutely no focus on issues, no sense of decorum or decency. It is about spin and photo-ops, about lies and innuendo, about looking strong and courageous in front of the camera. It is about pulling the wool over the people's eyes at every opportunity. I have seen too much over the years, with reinforcements of my attitudes coming every day with the world news, to ever label me as merely cynical.
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