This weekend we set our clocks back and returned to standard time.
Wouldn’t it be a relief if we could set back time and return to a higher standard of national leadership?
As a nation, we survived puritans, wars, prohibition, the roaring twenties, Woodstock and Nixon. During each era, self-appointed sages predicted our downfall and a one-way ticket to damnation. That didn’t happen due to responsible leadership and the fact that most Americans are caring and conscientious.
January 17, 2017, ended a period of civility and morality and heralded a decline in intellect and common decency in leadership. Regardless of who the next President is, it will take years to recover from the effect of unchallenged dereliction.
If most of us are conscientious and caring how did we elect leaders who are the antithesis of our values?
None of these theories provide guidance as to how we apologize to our children and grandchildren who will bear the burden of uninformed choices.
Historically generation gaps highlight the wisdom and efforts of the predecessor, but wisdom was glaringly absent during the 2016 election.
We can be thankful that survivors of the Parkland shooting and young Greta Thunberg are not wasting time waiting for apologies or excuses.