What part do people play in the character of their leaders? Mahatma Gandhi and Adolph Hitler were both elected, one a saint, the other a monster. Abraham Lincoln lifted us out of the moral abyss of slavery. Franklin D. Roosevelt led the war against a threat to civilization. Dwight D. Eisenhower, honest and resolute, had the bad judgement to put Richard M.Nixon in a position to succeed him. Nixon had the guts to impose price and wage controls (believe it or not) and open up China, but was paranoid, willing to break laws, and forced to resign in
Ronald Reagan, a charming grandpa, sent the deficit to new heights, gave tax breaks to the rich, and let the environment flounder. George W. Bush, promising a return to Reagan’s policies, presided over history’s worst attack on American soil almost two years into his watch. But he took no responsibility for it, or for anything, from the debacle after Hurricane Katrina, to the Iraq war, to allowing blood suckers to plunder the country’s wealth and collapse the economy.
And there they are, gearing up to do it again, when suddenly, out of the dust kicked up by Republican presidential hopefuls, comes billionaire Warren Buffet, Oracle of Ohama, calling for stiffer taxing of billionaires like himself. Will he shock Republicans into their senses?
Buffet modestly says that his only advantage was having been born “wired” to make good stock picks. Might he also be wired for leadership? Were he suddenly drafted for the Republican nomination (he has too much sense to seek it), how would Republicans react? As for the Tea Party, ten to one it would not send up Roman candles.