Perusing the headlines on Real Clear Politics the other day, I saw an article entitled, "Can The White Working Class Lead?" It seemed like such an odd question and certainly not one I cared to see answered. I really don't need a leader, not for 90% of my life. Sure, I need someone to set foreign policy and manage the government bureaucracy and whatnot, but in my daily life, I need a wide selection of British wiring and electrical connectors far more than a leader.
The question is a strange one for self-reliant Americans, but a very similar one to those asked over and over again in Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. Crippled by 70 years of socialism, the poor devils interviewed for that book could only think in terms of having a leader (or the Party) to guide them through almost everything in their spiritually and physically impoverished lives. As I listen to the book in my car, I sometimes shout at the radio, "You don't need a leader! You need to get to Home Depot and get to work repairing the broken-down junk all around you!"
I'd argue that most people need to be left alone more than they need a leader, even the white working class kind.