Earlier today on The Call, our late morning program, I addressed concerns that have cropped up more and more lately. Specifically: where have all our leaders gone? And when they have tried to speak up and lead, why haven't they been heard?
Maybe it's because we're all too rattled to listen. Maybe it's because no single soul, in business or government, has the clarity of understanding to express fully what we face. Maybe it's because none of our leaders, in public or private sectors, has the stature, the standing, the voice, the rhetorical power to break through the din. Maybe it's because the lawyers or the PR guys have gotten to them and said, "Go on CNBC? Now? Are you nuts?" Or maybe it's because we're four weeks from a Presidential election, with a lame duck president and two candidates who, like all candidates, would really rather score political points than speak clearly and sometimes uncomfortably to the people they say they want to lead.