Clearing the Spindle: the Leaders

By | February 16, 2018

[February 16, 2018]  Last year I began a new blog thread to give a brief summary of leadership topics I like but could not get into sufficient detail.  The clearing the spindle post today focuses on leaders and their challenges.  Previous posts can be found at the links below. 

Leaders often draw enemies from unexpected directions.  Harvard Law School professor, constitutional scholar, and leftist Democrat argues that one the American risks to democracy are not “right-wing neo-Nazis (who are, in his opinion, fringe groups of the past) but the “hard, hard left” (who have a resonance on university campuses and are a are dangerous group of the future).  He has been viciously criticized for his analysis and opinion on the subject. 

Leaders don’t shy away from wrongdoing regardless how unpopular it may be.  The long-brewing scandal over the Clinton sourced but officially sanctioned investigation into U.S. President Trump’s collusion with Russia has remained one of the hottest topics in politics in American.  The American citizenry is fascinated by the issue but perplexed as well due to the complexity and confusion generated by politicians.  Those politicians involved in the investigation are very unpopular but they remain on the case because they believe  it is the right thing to do. 

Leaders will be mocked, regardless of how effective or ineffective they have been.  Just released for public viewing are the official portraits of U.S. President Obama and his wife Michelle.  There has been a groundswell of criticism of the paintings for many reasons; such as the artist once painted a black woman holding the severed head of a white woman.  Another criticism is that both paintings are artistically poor and does not follow the traditions that presidents, in their portraits, have typically adhered. 

When leaders deny the undeniable, the long-term results can be ugly.  For decades, studies have concluded that the breakdown of the family (regardless of how it is defined) leads to negative long-term consequences for children.  A new sociological study, expected to be published in the American Journal of Sociology takes the advocacy position that reducing single motherhood would not significantly lower poverty rates in the United States.  Politicians have grasped at this study to continue with current but ineffective government assistance policies. 

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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