If They Want Compliance, Officials Should Follow Their Own Rules

If They Want Compliance, Officials Should Follow Their Own Rules

Western governments seem to be driving their citizens towards “Lockdown II: The Delta Variant,” an unnecessary sequel that no one asked for but that most of us will be forced to endure. Resistance to these policies has been growing of late: France and Germany are currently dealing with large-scale protests against COVID mandates. Meanwhile, the Australian government has just enlisted the military to enforce a massively unpopular lockdown in Sydney.

Things are not much better here in the United States. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has imposed a de facto vaccine passport for a variety of indoor activities. In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser recently required people above the age of two to wear masks indoors whether they’ve been vaccinated or not.

Both de Blasio and Bowser say that these measures are necessary to combat the rising number of COVID cases in their cities. Yet free people don’t just listen to a leader’s words and obey; when much is demanded of them, they look at a leader’s actions to see whether or not he respects them enough to shoulder these burdens alongside them. Without this respect and the credibility that it engenders, a leader becomes a tyrant who must rely on force to compel obedience. This critical difference between leadership and tyranny might be called the “Alexander Test” after its most effective teacher: Alexander the Great.

A Masterclass in Leadership

Leading from the rear was not in Alexander’s nature. At 16, he commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Chaeronea and played a pivotal role in securing his father Philip’s control over the Greek city-states. Alexander showed similar courage when he invaded the East; his passion for being with his men in the thick of battle nearly led to disaster at the Granicus River, where he had to be rescued by his faithful lieutenant Cleitus the Black. Later, when attacking a village in India, Alexander suffered several wounds and had to be dragged off the battlefield.

Alexander’s willingness to share risks and hardships endeared him to his men. They were willing to follow him to the ends of the earth, almost literally. The best example of this relationship in action occurred when Alexander and his troops were trekking through the desert. The ancient historian Arrian calls it “the most noble deed perhaps ever performed by Alexander” and tells the dramatic story:

“At this time some of the light-armed soldiers, starting away from the army in quest of water, found some collected in a shallow cleft, a small and mean spring. Collecting this water with difficulty, they came with all speed to Alexander, as if they were bringing him some great boon. As soon as they approached the king, they poured the water into a helmet and carried it to him. He took it, and commending the men who brought it, immediately poured it upon the ground in the sight of all. As a result of this action, the entire army was re-invigorated to so great a degree that any one would have imagined that the water poured away by Alexander had furnished a draught to every man.”

Alexander successfully brought his army through hell by suffering side-by-side with them. Though he was a king who eventually demanded the honors due to a god, he never forgot that whatever power he had depended on those who followed him. Even when his exhausted troops finally mutinied at Opis, Alexander was able to mollify them by reminding them of what they had accomplished together. This is what made him a leader of free men instead of a master of slaves.

‘Freedom for Me, But Not for Thee’

Mayors de Blasio and Bowser have failed to reflect Alexander’s model of courageous and sacrificial leadership. Last year, while his entire city was shutting down during the early days of the pandemic, de Blasio went to the gym so that he could “stay healthy and make decisions.” This past weekend, Bowser flouted her own masking rules as she officiated and celebrated a wedding. In doing so, she joined a list of Democratic luminaries who have also failed the test by imposing rules on free citizens that they have no intention of following themselves.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California attended a ritzy dinner party without a mask and sent his kids to a private school for in-person learning. Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver flew to Mississippi to join his family for the Thanksgiving holiday an hour after telling his constituents to stay home. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan discouraged holiday travel to the northern part of her state while her husband, Dr. Marc Mallory, tried to use her position to get his boat ready there for Memorial Day weekend. Speaker Nancy Pelosi went to a “closed” hair salon in her district and, more recently, issued new mask regulations for the House that she promptly forgot both at the rostrum and while visiting the White House.

Taking Pelosi to task for her recent hypocrisy, Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., a graduate of West Point and a physician, invoked the “Alexander Test,” saying, “Leadership 101 at West Point [was] for me 35 years ago, the first thing they teach you is you never ask people to do something you as the leader aren’t willing to do.”

Will Democratic ‘Leaders’ Ever Learn?

As the Age of COVID wears on, more Americans are becoming aware of the disparity between themselves and those to whom they’ve granted the sacred trust of leadership. Sadly, Democrats will most likely continue to follow the established script and blithely ignore whatever restrictions they create, trusting instead that a fawning media will protect them by shifting the blame for rising cases of the virus onto Trump voters. Doing so will not inspire more Americans to get vaccinated; indeed, it will only embitter them and harden their resistance, like what we’re currently seeing abroad.

If Democrats wish to maintain any semblance of credibility regarding COVID after having failed the “Alexander Test,” they might want to consider embracing another rule of leadership that the great commander followed after the mutiny at Opis: Quit while you’re ahead.


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Why Washington DC Is A Magnet For Crackpots, Corrupt-O-Crats, And Conspiracy Theorists

Why Washington DC Is A Magnet For Crackpots, Corrupt-O-Crats, And Conspiracy Theorists

On Inauguration Day, Joe Biden took the oath of office, and former Sen. Jeff Flake published a column breathing a sigh of relief that Washington could get back to business as usual now that the Orange Menace was gone. That same day, tin foil hat enthusiast Marjorie Taylor Greene took a break from warning Americans about the Big Jewish Laser in the Sky to send out a fundraising email proclaiming, “I’m impeaching Joe Biden.”

What do these two things have to do with each other? Everything. When our leaders are incompetent, conspiracy nuts and radicals see their market share increase.

A big part of the upheaval we’re experiencing in American politics is because the leadership of both parties lacks any coherent vision. Far too many care more about getting re-elected, their lobbying gig, or their cable TV contract than they do, say, figuring out how we defeat China in the long term, not to mention telling voters the truth about our crippling debt.

Never mind solving big problems, the leaders of these parties can’t even keep their own caucuses in line.

Steve King was a mess for years, but nobody did anything about him. Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi tiptoed around “The Squad” in the Democratic Party, looking the other way while they sent out social media messages helping rioters evade police during last summer’s unrest and otherwise encouraging riots that caused billions of dollars in damage. The Democratic Party can’t even bring itself to vote for a resolution condemning the bizarre antisemitic conspiracy theories of their own members.

Voters are frustrated, which is why they have started looking at other (sometimes bad) options. Yet it’s not a reality that can be entirely blamed on voters. It’s a situation borne out of desperation — an indictment of the people we have in charge today. As Washington, D.C. continues to fail the American people, nuts and radicals inevitably rush to fill the market demand for something new.

Until we get better leadership from the people who are supposed to know better, we can expect more upheaval at the fringes on both sides. Unfortunately, fixing this is going to require the kind of reflection most people in D.C. simply aren’t capable of.

Flake still has no idea why so many Americans voted for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in 2016. The diagnosis the two candidates arrived at, however, was quite similar: “Washington politicians are idiots, and they don’t care about you.”

If you’re a member of the political class who thinks Sanders and Trump are crazy, you need to ask yourself why they were so popular. Whatever else one could say about those guys, they at least made working people believe they cared about them, and they had plans — “Make Mexico Pay for the Wall” and “Tax the Millionaires and Billionaires,” to name just two — no matter how foolish or silly you might think those plans were.

It’s like this: if your wife is having an affair with a homeless meth addict, it’s time to look in the mirror and at least consider whether you’re a lousy husband.

It wasn’t always this way. The men and women of the Washington establishment who built the post-World War II order lived through World War I, the Spanish Flu, and the Great Depression. They’d fought a second World War to preserve the West. They’d seen friends die. They knew what they believed and why they believed it.

On the contrary, too many of our leaders today have done nothing, read nothing, sacrificed nothing, and believe nothing — except that they should stay in office. The old line from William Butler Yeats has never been more true, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity.” That’s why crackpots and radicals are rushing into the void even as our media complex profits from chaos, alternately turning clowns into viral stars or wrestling villains.

We’ve got a big human capital problem in our candidates. We need a different kind of person. I’m not talking about squishy, “No Labels” Jon Huntsman types. We need tough-minded, agenda-oriented conservatives. We need those skeptical of groupthink and risk-takers who have bet big before and been successful.

We need people who understand the disruption working families feel, have ideas to solve problems, and aren’t afraid of corporate media. Most of all, we need folks who don’t much care about keeping their jobs, because politics was never their dream job anyway.

Better politicians will not fix everything, of course. Most of what ails America, from the breakup of the family to our communities coming apart, is not actually about politics. But it’s also true that to just be a functional country again, we have to find different people to lead us.

2022 is an opportunity to begin again. From governor to Senate, to Congress to your local school board, opportunities abound for constructive, conservative outsiders to step forward. If we want to change Washington, we have to change the people we send there. Now, more than ever.


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