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I’ll tell you something about tough things. They just about kill you, but if you decide to keep working at them, you’ll find the way through. On the Food Network they have these shows where cooks have to put a meal together with all these weird ingredients. That’s a lot like my life-dealing with things you wouldn’t think ever go together. But a good cook can make the best meal out of the craziest combinations.
We suffer from a terrible poverty of civic discourse in this country. Surely, it is outside of America’s best traditions to send the signal that patriotism is mindless emotion, that leadership is avoiding saying tough things, that citizenship is toeing the line. But such is the result of a lack of openness, our nervousness with debate.
I think it’s a confusing, tough thing. I mean, I can imagine in this situation. Being a single dad myself now and trying to do the right thing in your children’s eyes and in the eyes of your friends and family and all that and then at the other end of the spectrum, you’re also trying to date and you want to be yourself and you want to let go.
It’d make a wonderful change to have the leader of a pluralist democracy who acted on that, who told people just how tough things are going to be, just what’s going to have to be done – and, maybe, ran all the risks on the side of honesty, rather than spinning stories and trying to win the headlines every day.