Friday, January 20, 2023

The courage to quit

Chris Stirewalt:
“I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility,” [New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda] Ardern said in her announcement. “The responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple.”

Jair Bolsonaro, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Xi Jinping, and Vladimir Putin are among those leaders who could not summon the courage to quit at the right time. A country too weak to survive without one specific leader in charge is dead already and leaders who stay too long bring weakness, not strength. Turmoil may follow, as it did the departure of George Washington, but a nation that can be governed only by one man is not really a nation at all but a cult.
Chris Stirewalt, "In Favor of Quitting Loud," The Dispatch, Jan. 20, 2023.

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