Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders continue to surge in the polls. The book "The Road to Character" by conservative David Brooks rose on Amazon from #80 this weekend to the current #69.
What these three unexpected success stories have in common is this: All three deal in courage.
Trump isn't backing off from his controversial statements which ate some of his business revenues.
Sanders isn't being coy about letting people know his positions are socialist.
And, Brooks took the amazing risk of publishing a book about virtues such as resilience, no matter what. Since he is a brandname among the self-absorbed chattering classes, that required, you got it, courage.
Is the courage of Trump, Sanders and Brooks contagious? Time will tell.
The policy-makers in Congress, the teachers of our youth, the unemployed lawyer considering jumping off a Manhattan building and the new head at Fox, James Murdoch, might look beyond their little worlds. That could open new paths. Americans, including those down on their luck, can re-learn to love themselves - and hope again.