During a conversation regarding the troop surge, the Iraq war, the multiple failures of strategy and the lying and deception amidst Bush's belligerent communications strategy of "You're with me or against me," Jon said
Isn't leadership... bringing along a country, NOT chastising those who disagree and making them feel like pussies?
The reason I find that particularly profound is that it is exactly the attitude necessary for leadership or governance in an open and transparent world. If the world is viewed systemically, it seems to me that ultimately there is no "other." If we're fragmented (in the postmodernist sense), then it's our fragmented selves and the disparate areas they inhabit that eventually reform a multiply-threaded community.