Want to show a kid today what a real leader is? Because God knows our current President isn’t teaching them anything.
Tell them what happened in Poland in 1981. Read this bit from a few years back, about the defection of the Polish ambassador to the US in protest against the Communist repression in his country).
(See around 4:10 as Reagan begins to speak about Poland. Between there and the “yellow ribbon” moment, around 11:00)
Reagan did more than just have people light candles – read Jay Nordlinger’s excellent “Yellow Ribbon Culture” for all the reasons the “symbolic message” has become meaningless today – he followed up the symbolic message with a mountain of work in public and behind the scenes to undermine the Polish and Soviet regimes, and build up Solidarity and other resistance in the Eastern Bloc, work which eventually brought Communism crashing down.
This, children, is how leadership was done.
Compare that with the wan empty suit that is frittering away his last year in the White House today, and lament.