Dear Old Blog,
I have a hunch ...
A reason for some of the weakness in our current political system is that some of the people who might be U.S. political leaders today were killed in the Vietnam War or died of AIDS in the 1980s.
A chunk of a generational cohort with bravado (perhaps sometimes foolhardy bravado) ... who were risk-takers (perhaps sometimes of dumb risks) ... were killed off early.
Today, they would be around 70 years old, maybe around 60 years old for some of the victims of AIDS.
And, into the void, ran some of the middling, value-less, unpatriotic political leaders we have today.
Food for thought, anyway ...