Reflection has brought me to one observation that both hurts and inspires. This year, as we grasped for signs of leadership and courage, it appeared that it came mostly from those in subordinate positions of power. And they had the most to lose.
The scariest figures are not in costumes anymore—they are the grown-ups, intent on using rumors, lies, and innuendo every day to strike fear in the hearts of us all. Ugly, unfounded rumor promotion and insults have now gone mainstream and may even deliver an election.
It seems like a perfect storm has overcome our country, but we should not despair. From history we can find inspiration in cases where our leaders addressed times of crisis in ways that inspired confidence.