A Nation Run by Callous Children

Wow!  As far as I am concerned, Peggy Noonan hit a home run.  Her 10/29 OpEd piece for the Wall Street Journal — “We’re Governed by Callous Children” — is harsh, but harshly accurate in my opinion.  (Currently available on her personal website, as well.)

I’ve commented here many times about the crisis of leadership that America — and England, as well — seems to be facing and has faced for some time, previous administrations not excepted (you can search “crisis of leadership” in the box at the top right to see).  Tomorrow’s World magazine has commented on it frequently.  The Bible prophesies about it in passages such as Ezekiel 22:30 (actually, vv.23-31) and Isaiah 3:1-3.  Unless things change, America will soon lack even pretenders to leadership as its autonomy gives way to slavery (Hosea 10:3ff).  This will not be because of the policies of her politicians.  It will be because of sin and a lack of the Fear of the Lord amongst her people.

Though I admire her abilities as a wordsmith of the first rank (a gifted speech writer for Ronald Reagan), I do not always agree with her.  However, Ms. Noonan is spot on in this particular article.  Her conclusing passage:

We are governed at all levels by America’s luckiest children, sons and daughters of the abundance, and they call themselves optimists but they’re not optimists—they’re unimaginative. They don’t have faith, they’ve just never been foreclosed on. They are stupid and they are callous, and they don’t mind it when people become disheartened. They don’t even notice.

Quite a condemnation.  Her reasoning and argumentation is worth reading — check it out by clicking here.

One thought on “A Nation Run by Callous Children

  1. JC Thomas

    I’m glad you brought my attention to this article. I’ve had similar thoughts for several years and do believe Noonan’s is an accurate portrayal of how Americans take comfort in past glories that do not necessarily carry realistic weight anymore. We can’t do things the same old way anymore. The truth hurts, but can’t be denied.

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