The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


March 25, 2014

Primus Mootry: A call for leadership in the 21st century


Usually, the signs are there long before the event takes place. But people have a difficult time envisioning and preparing for it.

Take this same idea, this phenomenon, to a larger scale. It's not just Anderson, it's the Rust Belt. It's not just the Rust Belt, it's most of the United States of America. It's not just the U.S., it's global. Yes, shifts are occurring on a global scale that are just as profound as the disappearance of GM from our town, but we choose to believe it is not happening. That's human nature, I guess,

Well, I don't know. I don't consider myself to be in any way an alarmist. I don't go around looking for gloom and doom. I don't see rain and say "the sky is falling." But I do see trouble ahead.

For one thing, this nation is so deeply in debt that there may be no way out of it. The solutions no doubt involve doing a series of things at the same time: raising taxes, judicious cuts to government spending, elimination of waste in government spending, and some mechanism for re-distributing wealth.

The problem with all that stuff is that it is so politically poisonous that it likely will never be swallowed. That's the second thing. Our national political leadership is functioning like we were in the 19th Century. Thanks to television and big money, our elections are little more than dog whistle popularity contests. Big money sells them, then it buys them. As they say, "he who pays the Piper calls the tune."

We are at a moment in time when there is an urgent need to keep our eyes on the road. That means effectively addressing issues of stifling debt, income inequality (many college graduates can't even afford to buy a car), quality public education and adequate health care service delivery, unemployment, poverty, immigration, globalization, nuclear proliferation, war mongering, climate change, loss of vital natural resources (like water), and on and on.

Text Only
Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Front page

Do you think heroin is a significant problem in Madison County?

Yes, it has surpassed meth as the problem drug
Yes, but meth is still a bigger problem
No, this was an isolated case
Not sure
     View Results