I remember the day Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Olympic Truce Wallbefore the Sochi games. In the same way a young athlete hopes to clutch miraculous victory from sure defeat, I had hoped America would sign along with him. But I awoke, as the world did, to the reality. Obama was a “no show” in Sochi, and a truce was really, and finally, nowhere in sight. Now let me tell you the reality of where we really are, and a shameful truth I see in America today.
The Stain of Mediocrity
As an American who grew up revering giants of sport, brilliant statesmen, epic heroes of America and the world, leadership roles today seem filled with masquerading greatness. As Americans, we’ve all been somehow immunized from recognizing what excellence is, and worse, we’re incised from our own values. Right has become wrong, good is evil, and mediocrity an acceptable curse. Make no mistake; we are largely led by mediocre people, especially in the west. And since America leads the west, this buck has to stop at the Oval Office and with Barack Obama.