Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The modern politician

My friend Arnold's latest post summarizes my own distaste for politicians today. He quotes Henry Kissinger as saying:
"The great statesmen of the past saw themselves as heroes who took on the burden of their societies' painful journey from the familiar to the as yet unknown. The modern politician is less interested in being a hero than a superstar. Heroes walk alone; stars derive their status from approbation. Heroes are defined by inner values; stars by consensus. When a candidate's views are forged in focus groups and ratified by television anchorpersons, insecurity and superficiality become congenital."

1 comment:

  1. How about Obama using his middle name during an address in Egypt signifying his Muslim roots. Too bad no one was allowed referencing it during the election...