Our Culture of Pandering

Our Culture of Pandering

Our Culture of Pandering

Our Culture of Pandering

Excerpt

This book is a call to alter our course, to encourage those who hold the titles of leadership to actually lead, and to prod those who are not leaders to demand more of those who hold the titles. After surveying the U. S. political scene, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis concluded, β€œIn public policy, fewer and fewer decisions are made on the substantive merits. ”

In many ways, our nation has made progress, but the strides forward that we assume are part of our culture did not occur because leaders in the fields of politics, the media, religion, or education did what was popular. Almost all of the big strides forward came because a few leaders defied public opinion. We have lifted the educational level of our people, dramatically improved educational opportunities for young people with disabilities, raised our standard of living (though the lowest one-fifth of our nation's work force has not benefited as much as the rest of us), reduced air and water pollution, extended our lives through health research, and headed the defense of the free world. Yes, we are proud of the advances we have made as a nation and a people, but we are tempted to see only the good, allowing ourselves to take the easy way out, rejecting that which seems difficult, doing and believing what is convenient rather than that which might cause inconvenience.

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