When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, the mood of the nation was hopeful, cooperative and quite inclusive.
This time, however, anger, violence, racism, prejudice and aggression are in the forefront.
Here are headlines, just from today and yesterday:
Letters To California Mosques Praise Donald Trump, Promise Genocide – Huffington Post
“3 shot while hanging Christmas lights amid fight with driver” – Tulsa World
“White Man, 62, Kills Black Teen: ‘Piece of Trash Off the Street'” – Newsmax
“Young Couple, Grandma and 8-Week-Old Infant Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Alaska: Cops” – PEOPLE.com
“Coral Springs Police reopens mall after 2 shot” – Local 10
I never really thought about it until the recent headlines, but one very important consideration for choosing a leader must be the tone that person will set. The United States is learning this lesson the hard way.
There is a widespread misconception that the President has absolute power when it comes to policy and laws, but I’m thinking his or her real impact is in this whole matter of setting the standard and trend – the tone.
I will be paying close attention to this from now on.