Senator Flake’s Senate floor speech has been heralded as one the best speeches of 2017. While eloquent, if the main point is lost, the eloquence becomes irrelevant.
The main takeaway from Flake:
“It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? — what are we going to say?
So, what are you going to do about making America great now?
If citizenry don’t start examining the root of current political discontent, assessing why we need politics and the importance of principles before power—we will keep electing leaders that win solely because they yell louder than others. Putting a leader like Trump in the Oval Office is easy. It is harder to elect a leader who can reckon with age-old questions about what makes good governance, because that question requires more thoughtful analysis.
Yes, Trump is corrupt, arrogant, troubling and dangerous.
We all know that.
But it is more troubling if we can’t figure how to move on from the mistake we made in electing him.
So, what are you going to do?