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October 23, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Leadership by weather vane

Instead of being in front of public opinion, our political leaders seem to seek a safe, secure place in the rear to watch which way the crowd is going and then shout their cries.

They say, “Hard left,” then they say “Hard right!” and “Full speed ahead,” then “Pop it in reverse!”

They no longer listen to the warning of the terrorism jeremiahs, now that 9/11 is beginning to fade in public memory. Inconvenience is replacing the threat of terrorism as an issue to the crowd.

The same people who said “We must do whatever it takes” to the cheering crowds after 9/11 now say many measures they consented to earlier are unneeded and unconstitutional.

Too bad those political leaders did not go in front of the crowd and risk unpopularity when the programs were initiated.

Yes, it is safe in the rear of the crowd. Shouting whatever the crowd seems to want at the moment is not the same as leadership.

But wait until next week. What will they say then?

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