The United States of America must scour its ranks over the next two years to find a leader which will instill, restore, to this country the following qualities, at a minimum:
- Hope - must see opportunity, not obstacles;
- Trust - must be honest, act with good faith, inherently apolitical, or probably deemed "a loose cannon" by opponents within and outside the standing political systems;
- Honor - does the right things when no one is watching, does not hide behind FOIA redacted texts;
- Accountability - holds others and is held to personal culpability for decisions;
- Creativity - not indoctrinated by the status quo, would not lean on "it's complicated" as an excuse to continue dysfunctional causes.
Any longer, politics have become a means by which integrity goes on the negotiating block next to reason. Thusly, trustworthy people are labeled "loose cannons" by their parties because they cannot be counted on to vote against their conscience, even if the party line dictates that they do so. @JPCounihan thinks that perhaps the world as we know it must go to zero before the citizens will accept such radical qualities in a leader. I say that such qualities are the foundations on which the country was built. We need not go to zero, perhaps stopping at the top-of-slab would be sufficient.
To be sure, if every object relates to another as posited here, then the entropy accelerating this country into disaster can be likened to the inexplicable acceleration of the bounds of our universe. Can we explore balance in our reality, or shall we simply resign ourselves to impending doom, by fire, by ice, by Big Rip, by alien invasion, by nuclear holocaust.
Perhaps we should all study the Tao, or at least the Three Jewels thereof: Compassion, Moderation, Humility.