The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Monday, November 19, 2007


In a recent speech, Rudy Giuliani concluded with the following comments:
I get very, very frustrated when I . . . hear certain Americans talk about how difficult the problems we face are, how overwhelming they are, what a dangerous era we live in. I think we've lost perspective. We've always had difficult problems, we've always had great challenges, and we've always lived in danger.

Do we think our parents and our grandparents and our great grandparents didn't live in danger and didn't have difficult problems? Do we think the Second World War was less difficult that our struggle with Islamic terrorism? Do we think that the Great Depression was a less difficult economic struggle for people to face than the struggles we're facing now? Have we entirely lost perspective of the great challenges America has faced in the past and has been able to overcome and overcome brilliantly? I think sometimes we have lost that perspective.

Do you know what leadership is all about? Leadership is all about restoring that perspective that this country is truly an exceptional country that has great things that it is going to accomplish in the future that will be as great and maybe even greater than the ones we've accomplished in the past. If we can't do that, shame on us.

With all of the ideological bickering and partisan political backbiting that has been a mainstay of the past six years, I would hope that liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, Hillary fans and Huckabee loyalists can all agree that Rudy’s words have merit.

Leadership is about restoring perspective, but it’s also about helping the public distinguish reality from delusion, delivering bad news as well as good, and leading our country forward to solve the many challenges it faces.