Book Review message for our times

In today’s NYT Book Review, James Goodman, a Rutgers University professor, reviews Steven Levingston’s Kennedy and King: the President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights. Goodman ends his review with this paragraph:

Kennedy and King will most likely leave readers thinking that what is needed today is not more leaders, a few men and women shaping our destiny, but more followers.  What is needed are ordinary people: alert, informed, engaged, mobilized, idealistic but not naive, critical but not hopeless, confident about who they are and what they want but able and inclined to work with all sorts of others, exercising rights won at enormous cost, starting with the right to vote.  What is needed, in short, are more citizens, prepared to lead our leaders toward a more promising land.”

I am inclined to agree.  I wish I could wave a magic wand and say “Let it be so.”