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5/24/2000 -  PKT, San Jose, CA writes ...
The Lost Art Of Leadership
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You're right on the mark in terms of leadership. In many ways I think our country is in the same position as it was in the period between the Mexican War and the Civil War. Bickering between the North and South resulted in a string of lackluster compromise presidents and a do-nothing congress that dodged the real issues that were tearing the country apart or sought the compromise that would placate the ever-beligerent South who held secession like a club over the heads of the U.S.

Today we have no "leaders" who are willing to take the unpopular stand or controversial stand on any issue. While there is nothing quite as devastating as slavery and secession looming, we do have issues ranging from abortion to gun control to the environment that require strong leadership. My fear is that like the pre-Civil War days we will content ourselves with leaders who don't rock the boat until a real crisis comes along and then it may be too late.

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