Humility is the lost virtue in American politics. Mitt Romney has it; George W. Bush had it; Barack Obama decidedly does not. Humility keeps a politician from believing that he can lower the tides, or bring peace in our time, or end poverty, or conquer Europe. Humility knows that human nature is a constant, and human frailty and sin a reality about which the humble man must be ever vigilant.
I was thinking about this in reading George Will, who quotes Calvin Coolidge:
“It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.”
— Calvin Coolidge