I’m not exactly sure how the former President meant for us all to take his commentary on getting the politicians that “we deserve,” but I can tell you that he’s not wrong. Nations, as a rule, usually get exactly the kind of politicians that they deserve, and the United States in recent years is no different.
Obama himself was a disaster, but a disaster that we deserved because a huge chunk of our population had suddenly decided to ignore the Constitution, our history, and the traditions of our forefathers. President Trump proves the rule again, as we elected the most unpopular candidate in our nations history and a man that a full half of the nation despises (fairly or unfairly, I leave that to you).
The point is, the former President is right, and unless we as a people get our collective act together… we’ll continue to get the kinds of Presidents that cause strife, division, and failure (hello, Obama) when we need the kinds of President that inspire unity, and (real) hope.
Here’s the former president stoking fires of discord:
The mark of a good leader is somebody who is able to empower other people. So often we think of leadership as somebody at the top who is ordering other people around … but it turns out, for me at least, what made me understand leadership was when I could see somebody who thought they didn’t have a voice, thought they didn’t have influence or didn’t have power, and teach them how to speak up on the things that were affecting their lives…
People have a tendency to blame politicians when things don’t work. You get the politicians you deserve. And if you don’t vote and you don’t participate and you don’t pay attention, then you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interests.