It's been very hard for me to write lately. There is so much to write about, yet due to several factors (some medical) I can't get a start to writing easily. The recent news has not been very good, and we as a nation could use some good news. We need a hero, and all we get are zeros.
When a society sinks into the tarry sands, and its drive is sapped by adverse events, that is the time for a leader to arise. But the qualities of that leader determine whether such an emergence from the pack is a good thing or a bad thing. Let's look at 1933 as the example.
On this side of the Atlantic, Franklin Roosevelt stepped out of the ranks of the economically privileged and did what he could for a nation in financial and emotional distress. With stirring words, he strove to act on behalf of the sorely beset nation. His imperfect but heartfelt focus was on improving the lot of the average American and putting the nation back on the path to prosperity. He sought cooperation from all quarters, but didn't allow the lack of it to prevent him from acting as he saw fit. Some of his actions worked toward that goal, while others did not. In some initiatives he had the general support of the populace, and in others he generated powerful and dangerous opposition. But the final tally came out on the side of the average American despite thirteen years of the worst travail to afflict us outside of civil war.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Adolph Hitler stepped out of the ranks of the disgruntled and disenfranchised, seeking to do what he could for a nation in financial and emotional distress. With stirring words, he strove to act on behalf of a small portion of that sorely beset nation, turning that portion against the many other portions and claiming that all was for the benefit of the State. His imperious and deeply felt convictions were focused on improving the lot of the German Empire and putting that empire back on the path to prosperity at the expense of its neighboring nations. He sought no cooperation. He imposed his inviolate will, backed by the demonstrated threat of escalated violence should that will be opposed. In all of his initiatives, he assumed the general support of the populace, for he would allow no one to stand up against the might of his State without retribution. He should have generated powerful and dangerous opposition, but the major powers of Europe failed to stop him when they easily could (see: Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer). His audacious ambitions realized and unopposed, Hitler was only emboldened to push for more and more until he overreached and destroyed the very nation he sought to enhance. The final tally came out on the side of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse because of thirteen years of the worst travail to afflict the world ever in its history.