|Cartoon from BALOO'S WEBSITE|
One thing a leader is not, is the fellow who runs to the front of a movement and pretends he's leading it. A leader changes the course of events. The Founding Fathers included a lot of leaders in that sense. Most any of them could have joined the other side and done just fine in their lives, but they didn't like the accepted path, and wanted to create a new one.
It's hard for any of us to be objective, because we hate to think of those we despise as leaders, though they might be very good leaders, indeed. FDR was, for example. As was Lincoln. And we tend to think of those we agree with as leaders, though they might not be very good leaders at all. Ron Paul is a great man and a great statesman, but is he a great leader?
Well, Charles Coulombe asks where all the great leaders have gone, and attempts and answer and an explanation HERE.
Speaking of leadership, one last point: I ask again, is it too late to run Putin as a write-in candidate here? Wouldn't you love to have a President who talked to reporters like this? Thanks to Kylie over at http://isteve.blogspot.com/ for the link.