The rebellions across the Middle East and North Africa provide a perspective for America about its own leaders, who have made the “politics of survival” the determining factor of what they do. The loss of faith in our traditional political institutions caused by their focus on self-aggrandizing power instead of needed change for our people gives impetus to outside forces — such as the Tea Party — much as in Tunisia and Egypt. Leaders must restore Americans’ trust by a commitment to accountability and results if they are to be the ones to lead the restoration of the American Dream.

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