When democracies vote, citizens hope to elect leaders whose values align with their own. The problem is, how do you know? One clue is to pay far more attention to what they have done over the years than to what they say. Interestingly, in America’s recent election, the news media along with their attendant opinion-generators focused exclusively on the candidates’ words. In one case to ignore prior misdeeds, and in the other to ignore prior accomplishments. What is wonderful about raising children is that they pretty much ignore what parents say but derive their sense of values entirely from what parents actually do. A man I know understands this well: here is his story.
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