Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:38:29 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities have identified a body found in a Shelbyville creek Monday afternoon.The body is identified as 15-year-old Jackleen Lane, of Bagdad, Ky.According to Shelby CountyMore >>
According to Shelby County Coroner Jeff Ivers, autopsy results show a cause of death "consistent with drowning" and point to the death being an accident.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:47 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:47:27 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been arrested after police say he stabbed a man at Churchill Downs multiple times for declining beer.According to an arrest report, the incident took placeMore >>
According to an arrest report, the incident took place Monday night, near Barn 47.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:50 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:50:19 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An Indianapolis man wants his 50 guns back, and now the Indiana Court of Appeals is hearing Robert Redington's appeal.Police seized his guns when they found him watching a BloomingtonMore >>
Police seized Robert Redington's guns when they found him watching a Bloomington bar where I.U. Student Lauren Spierer was partying the night she went missing.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:44 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:44:11 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After years of talk, the new Downtown Bridge is finally being built.On Tuesday night, the public can take part in the groundbreaking ceremony."We have the crane in place, thatMore >>
Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will be there for the event, along with other dignitaries.More >>
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In a recent column, David Brooks claims no democracy can succeed without its leaders demonstrating restraint and responsibility. He observes, however, that "Leaders today don't think their job is to restrain popular will. Their job is to flatter and satisfy."
And that, in a nutshell, is one of our biggest problems.
To get elected, our candidates don't really study the issues and present reasonable solutions. Instead, they do endless polling to find out what the people want, and then promise to give them exactly that, regardless of how little sense it may make. And they never dare risk the public's wrath by telling them they're wrong on an issue.
This is completely backward. Figuring out what voters want is easy. They want everything that will make them personally happier. But the country can't survive if that's the only goal. We need leaders who will represent their constituents' true best interests – not guarantee all their desires. And if you don't think there's a big difference, talk to any responsible mother.
Striving merely to "flatter and satisfy" all the voters may be a good way to get elected. But it's a terrible way to govern. And until we begin voting as responsible Americans, leadership will continue to be in short supply.
Here's my question to you: Can any politician today succeed without pandering to the voters? Call and tell us what you think.