"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing." Margaret Thatcher
Doesn't that just totally resonate with what is happening right now? We don't elect leaders like Thatcher and Reagan anymore. Steely resolve in the face of evil is no longer a benchmark for greatness. Likability, "tolerance," middle ground, compromise, reaching out to the other side is what we want.
So, why are we surprised that we get wishy-washy, flip-floppy leaders? We mock a leader who calls evil, evil. We don't want to see evil for what it is. That is "intolerant." Even liberal Hollywood knows that the fight between good and evil is what life is all about! (See previous post, La la land)
We blame others for our failings. (See previous 15 posts)
We just flat out lie. Even though it is plain to see that what is being said isn't true. (See same posts)
I was around in the 80s and journalists loved communism. They waxed philosophic about it constantly. And, they HATED Reagan. They say all sorts of great stuff about him now, but they hated him then.
At Reagan's funeral, Katie Couric said, "We all united in the fight against communism." Of course, now that Reagan defeated communism, it is easy to say that. But, the liberal media was not "united" with him at the time.
During the Bush years, I noticed that the media felt the exact same way about him as they did about Reagan. But, he bent over backwards trying to work with the other side. It was never enough. Whatever he did, they criticized.
Now, the media worships Obama. He can do no wrong, they will do anything to protect him, to cover up his lies.
Is this helping us? Is it helping our country?
Is being "liked" accomplishing anything?