Race, Leadership, and Moral Failure

By | September 19, 2017

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer]

[September 19, 2017] In the small circle of government-inspired writers, it is exciting – in its own tortuous way – to know that that you’ve reached an apex of bloggership when theLeaderMaker.com website gives you a special moniker that looks like a cat (smart, sly, seductive) and allows any topic as long as it somehow applies to getting folks to better understand leadership; with some twist. But frankly, I don’t give a damn, and I remain committed to complete anonymity to guarantee the D.C. federal bureaucrats with so little to do constructively yet so devoted to ferreting out dissent will spectacularly fail to prevent others from my analysis of race, leadership, and moral failure.

The recent kerfuffle over Confederate statues reached heights that even the minimally sane politicians figured out that they had better step aside and let the mobs determine the outcome. Rule of law no longer matters when you get into the crosshairs of a social-media savvy young person without a job, any significant responsibility, and probably living in the basement of mommy’s house. Let’s get the core of the argument and not pussyfoot around wasting column space.

Leftist Antifa protestors, neo-Nazi pimple heads, and college administrators are in synch with one another. The game is about outrage. Outrage at any target is the point, outrage that makes one known by those who live on the Internet, that gives perpetrator fame and a sense of active victimhood by striking out at anything that can be marked as evil. Note that there is no standard for the label and no pushback that cannot be also labelled evil. Historical accuracy, sage wisdom, philosophically grounding, or pragmatism is not needed.

The deafening lack of any high-ranking official at any college or political level is telling for the moral failure that is so strikingly on display for anyone with commonsense to see. Part of this is explained by the incredible speed at which an attack on anything perceived to be evil (like the statue of a Confederate general) is followed by an equal virulent attack on anyone with the courage (or stupidity depending on your viewpoint) to defend any object, person, or act now labelled as evil. Better to withdraw, apologize, and save one’s resources for another time and place to take a prepared position.

What is amazing is that governments at all levels have moved quickly to preempt being labelled as evil (racist, fascist, homophobic, etc.) by removing statues of those they now see as being such evil. Committees of the aggrieved are quickly formed, their recommendations seriously considered regardless of reality, and protected from public criticism else they themselves be labelled. Fear is spreading among government bureaucrats and, take my word for it, they are scared to death to be a target. Government leaders will do just about anything, including condemning their citizenry, to avoid what they believe to be a moral mob. Actually, those leaders lack the basic moral clarity needed.

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Author: Sadako Red

Disclaimer: I chose the pen name Sadako Red in order to remove any notoriety reflecting on my other real job as a very senior executive in the Department of Defense. Naturally, my opinion is my opinion only and despite DoD wanting to associate with my fine work, they cannot have it. Trust me, they want it. Trust me, they can’t stand for it.

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