Jieun was flipping through channels and The American President came on, where I saw this soliloquy from Michael J. Fox:
People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.
I actually think there’s a lot of truth to this. And I think it kind of explains why good Christian girls sometimes go for total jerks. In the absence of genuine Christian male leadership, they’ll take whatever they see, even if it’s arrogant, faux leadership from jerks who pretend to know everything but don’t really. Because pretending is better than nothing. While in college this one Crusade guy briefly tried to start up this initiative among the Christian males to be greater leaders in Christian females’ lives. From what I hear he was also a big proponent of creative dating in Crusade. I used to think that was dirty. But now I think I’m down with that. Maybe Christian guys need to be more assertive with women, because the alternative (non-Christian guys being assertive with them) is worse. Women want leadership. Alternatively, I could be completely wrong about this. Wouldn’t be the first time. Won’t be the last.
Ooh, there was another quote from the movie that, although written by Sorkin, could be leveled squarely at many liberal writers today: “How do you have patience for people who claim they love America, but clearly can’t stand Americans?” Serious. Stop with the Red States are so dumb and backwards thing. If you can’t have love, at least have some class.