Last Sunday's editorial opined that the Republican convention showed American voters "where the leaders are." One can hope that the intent was not to declare a Republican monopoly on leadership in a moment of partisan excess, but my major concern lies elsewhere.
The editorial seems to define that amorphous word "leadership" only in terms of being "strong" and "decisive." No mention is made of evaluating leadership in terms of its direction and vision. In other words, where are our leaders seeking to take us and why? A poll cited in the Aug. 9 Newsweek indicated that only 36 percent of American voters were satisfied with the country's direction. An early July poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC showed that the majority of Americans believed that our war in Iraq had increased the threat of terror. In both cases, majorities of Americans might admit that the Bush administration has been strong and decisive, but also believe that our nation has been misled in important ways.