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A Leadership Void

Updated on April 26, 2012

Corrupt Political Leaders

Where are the Leaders?

As I watched another corrupt politician (Rep. Charlie Rangel) take his medicine in front of the House yesterday, I noticed something that is indicative of American politics. Here was a man entrusted with the chairmanship of the Committee of Ways and Means in the House. He wrote tax code for this country. Yet, here he was being censured for "violation of House rules ." He was a tax cheat, and lived an extravagant lifestyle, courtesy of the American taxpayer. I watched this entire thing unfold. The most remarkable thing to me was the number of politicians who "clapped " for Mr. Rangel in a show of support. I'm not sure what disgusted me most; another corrupt politician or the House members supporting the corrupt politician.

After I turned off that disgusting display, I thought about our country. Now, since Obama was elected, I have thought about the future of our country quite a bit. I can see where Obama and the Democrats have been trying to lead us. They want a socialist state. That idea was basically quashed on November 2, 2010. But, this is not another bash Obama hub. Instead, my main thought processes are about where are the political leaders in this country today. Where are leaders like George Washington? Thomas Jefferson? John Adams? Ronald Reagan? Where are they??? That's not to say these men were pristine. Nobody is perfect. It just seems we have so many people in government today who are only interested in themselves and not the American people. I was so thoroughly disgusted with politics until I almost didn't vote on November 2. But, I realized my country needed me to go pull that lever. It seems it is always the common people who do the backbreaking work of this country. Yet, it is the Washington politicians who get credit and congratulate themselves on what a fine job they are doing. They sicken me.

Another thing that set me off yesterday, as I write this hub, is reading what former Florida Governor Jeb Bush had to say about the Dream Act that is going to be voted on during the Lame Duck session of Congress. He basically gave all the talking points of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. We need to grant amnesty to these children of illegals who break the law every day by being here. He wants to give them instate tuition for college when American citizens who have paid taxes their entire life cannot do this. He wants the Republican Party to stop demonizing those who break the law. So, I read this and thought, "What the hell is the difference between the Democratic Party and Republican Party these days, "? How are they really that different? Not just on this issue. But, on a myriad of issues such as foreign aid, spending and taxes and on some social issues. The Republicans got kicked out of office in 2006 for corruption just as the Democrats got kicked out for similar corruption this year. In four short years or less, I predict you will see the Republicans get kicked out again for being similarly corrupt. This is the reason I am an Independent with conservative leanings. I will not align myself to either party (I actually was a Democrat early in life like Reagan) as long as I live.

Think about this; Name one person in either the Democratic or Republican Party in whom you are absolutely resolute in your belief they are truly leaders of this nation. I can't think of one of the Democrats for obvious reasons. If there ever was a Democratic leader I could respect, it ended with the Obamacare debacle. Republicans? Not a damn one there either. You may say John Boehner or Eric Cantor. In recent days, there has been talk from subordinates of these two to change Obamacare instead of repealing it. The Republicans quickly denied it, of course. But, they are politicians. Sarah Palin? She's too busy making money (not that there is anything wrong with that, of course). I just don't see her as being a viable leader of this nation. She claims the Tea Party leadership mantle. If she is the best they can do, the Tea Party is in trouble. Marco Rubio shows promise. But, it remains to be seen just how effective he will be. They all speak out of both sides of their mouths remarkably well. The Republicans are not yet in their seats of power and they are already making waves they aren't going to do what they promised on the campaign trail. I know they can't repeal Obamacare. But, they have to try and try and keep trying. They can defund certain aspects of this. But, I have a distinct feeling they (Republicans) will not. If they don't, then I can't say I am surprised.

The bottom line here; we have no real leadership in Washington D.C. I long for the day when we have a "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington " type who will not be corrupted by the temptations that corrupt all politicians. We need "people politicians " who will work for the American people and not to line his or her pockets. We need strong leaders who will not succumb to special interest groups or bow down to leaders of third world countries. We need people of good will who see the larger picture, the picture of why they were elected to leadership positions. We need leaders who truly understand this Tea Party motto, "You work for us ."


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    Pritchard 4 years ago

    I disagree with TeaPartyCrasher. Our government officials do work for us and seem to have forgotten all about that! Politicians today-those on both sides of the aisle-are less like public servants and more like rock stars. Where do they get off with their extravagant lifestyles, parties, designer clothing, haircuts at $250 a pop. And, now we all are forced to apply for health coverage under the "affordable" (not so much) Healthcare Act a/k/a Obama debacle or be fined. If we have to live with this awful choice of health care, which by the way really does not offer any choice, why doesn't Obama, his family and the rest of the political bunch have to have the same coverage??

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    MT, money is what move politics. If you have money in abundance, you can basically buy your way into political office. It is not about substance, it is not really even about style. It is about money and how much you have. It is a harsh truth about American politics. But, that is the way I see it.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    The hopes you speak of in this hub are my hopes as well. I won't hold my breath because I know money talks and that's what politics is all about these days. Noone in politics really cares about the average everyday people which is back A--wards. I do so wish someone with integrity and money would run and put the greedy politicians in their place once and for all. AAHH, that felt good, thanks for letting me vent:)

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    jtcarr, it was truly a digusting display to see our elected officials supporting a con artist for a congressman in Charlie Rangel. I shouldn't be surprised by it all. Still, I thought they would see this cretin for what he was. Most people don't condone criminal activity. Our elected officials seem to to embrace it. Good to have you here!

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    jtcarr1164 7 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi

    Great hub David, I am in that same pool, I nearly puked seeing that on the news. It was as disgusting as Obama,Biden and Pelosi standing up and clapping every time the Mexican President slammed the U.S.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Old poolman, the idea of term limits is more and more appealing to me. At one time, I thought we already had term limits and it was called the ballot box. Not so, as I have discovered. Incumbents have too many built-in advantages over an opponent.

    AR, it is amazing that Rangel is still an elected official. He should be kicked out of office. Instead, as I posted, he got "claps" of support. How on earth can this man look himself in the mirror? He is corrupt to the core and people keep electing him into office. That really is pathetic.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    TPC, that works both ways. Corporate money is involved with both parties, not just one. And you can lambast the Tea Party all you want. They aren't going away. I'm not sure how anyone can argue with someone saying that elected officials are supposed to work for them. What you say is just a talking point of progressives.

    breakfastpop, the problem I have with Christie is that he is a typical Republican. He espouses fiscal conservative ideas. But, where I cross path with him are on social issues. He is for amnesty for illegals. I'm not sure how any conservative can support him based on that issue alone.

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    American Romance 7 years ago from America

    Excellent and that first paragraph reviewed my sentiments exactly! I was disgusted by the clapping, Rangel has been whispered about for years as being corrupt and this slap on the wrist is an embarrasement to us all!......I chalenge the fact had he been Republican .....he would be GONE!

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    Old Poolman 7 years ago

    Great Hub, I suspect that until we get every rotten apple out of the barrel, we run the risk of the good apples going bad.

    The temptations are abundant, and it takes a strong character to resist falling into this trap. We expect our elected representatives to exibit outstanding behaviour, and be the best of the best so to speak. Too often this is not the case.

    I have always thought that term limits could help us out. Most of our elected officials waste the entire last year of their term planning their re-election.

    Corruption doesn't follow party lines, both sides have their share of rotten apples. I will never understand how these individuals keep getting re-elected when their corruption is so well known. My guess, it is voters who are more concerned with party lines than they are the character of the person they vote for. This really has got to stop or we will be mixing good apples with bad apples forever.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Very interesting piece of writing. I too am waiting for a real leader to emerge from the herd. As a resident of New Jersey, I have to say that Chris Christie is the real deal. He is unafraid to tell it like it is and I have great respect for him.

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    TeaPartyCrasher 7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

    Won't happen unless we get money, especially CORPORATE money out of the political system.

    Check out my hub "A Third Way" for some other steps to take. . .

    As for the "Tea Party's" motto, that 'us' seems to be the corporations and their CEO's. They just have good mouthpieces like Beck and Limbaugh that can convince people.