By: Wayne Brown
When a person decides to run for the elected office of President of the United States, he or she immediately assumes a posture of leadership. That is the role of the President when you boil it down…leadership. Thus, those would run for the office must consider themselves not only leaders, but leaders who feel competent in take the necessary actions and making the proper decisions on behalf of the American people. I think most every one, regardless of political orientation, could agree with that assessment of the Office of the President.
As we look back in history, we can point to those who were called “great leaders” who occupied the Oval Office of America. Men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. These men were vastly different in personality and in the times of history in which they served. Regardless, the job required their leadership and lead they did. History records it as such.
The Founding Fathers showed their wisdom when they placed an age limitation on the Office of The President. They knew that who ever sat in this chair would need the wisdom of age and experience in order to lead, to set examples, to make hard decisions. All of these things would require a given amount of education but more importantly, life experience, if one was to truly succeed in leading America. They also saw the Office of President in a symbolic light. This High Office would exude the principles, morals, pomp, ritual, and circumstance of all that was inherent in American values. It would be the guiding light in a Christian civilization, a place which guarded the honor of America in all storms; a place where truly a leader did reside.
In some ways, we have come so far in America. We no longer beat our clothes against a washboard or hitch the mule to the wagon to head for church. We have an array of conveniences within our reach thanks in great part to the ingenuity of people and the motivation of capitalism. We have been to the Moon and back. We can put more information on a microchip less than the size of a pinhead than can be stored in all the vaults of the world. We have come a long way. That said, why do we sit here in this day and time and look toward Washington for a leadership that is not there. What has led us to this crossing in the river?
Remember the adage, “Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way”? That statement is probably more applicable today than any time in our history. Somehow we have so-called leaders in key positions in our elected government who have no idea what leadership means and they have to hire “handlers” to advise them in each step they take. They are more concerned about their political future than they are about providing leadership to America. It’s no wonder Obama is under attack from all sides; it’s no wonder Nancy Polesi is finding herself heckled publicly by those in her own party; it’s no wonder Harry Reid faces potential political extinction in his own state. These people may be a lot of things but let’s leave the word “leadership” at home when we talk about their service.
Real leaders do not need some jester standing near their shoulder telling them what to say next and how to say it. This is not intended to be an exercise in packaging engineering. The Office of President, Speaker of the House, and Senate Majority Leader should be positions of responsible leadership. The strength, moral, and financial status of America depend on people in these elected positions to make the proper decisions about what is right and prudent for all of America. Americans should demand that those who assume these roles check their egos and their personal gain baggage at the door. We will keep it safe and allow them to pick them back up on their way out.
America is being saddled with the yoke of debt that exceeds anything in our history. Those in power spend their days looking for more and more ways to spend and to pork barrel their way back into office only to reap the overly-generous rewards they have so intelligently designed for themselves. They will not suffer in retirement with their six-figure government paychecks. They will not stand in any lines and wait for medical attention that may be marginal at best. At every avenue they see some aspect that requires more taxpayer money to salve. It is an “emergency” thus we as good Americans must do it. At the same time, we look at our own households and the things that we want for ourselves. We could certainly put that big screen television under the heading of “emergency spending” if we gave in to our desires. Hopefully, we will avoid that but our so-called leaders in Washington cannot seem to summons the discipline.
If Mr. Obama and the likes of Paul McCartney feel there is little to worry about in attacking former President Bush publicly. I would remind them of the Dixie Chicks and their career demise amid their public political allegations. At one time, early on in their career I was a huge fan and was greatly impressed with the musical talents of the two sisters who founded the group. They put their heart and souls into crawling up the ladder of success only to allow a loud mouth Ms. Maines to flush all that away with one comment that had nothing to do with music. Their albums in my possession now lie in some dark corner gathering dust. They trashed our President, I trashed their music. Leaders are above that fray and they know it. Obama will never succeed as my President and McCartney’s music has played its last time in my household. I am taking a leadership role here.
Our economy, our culture, and the principles on which this country were founded have seen few times in history when the challenges are so daunting. Far too many people in America on all sides of the political debate are looking at our leadership of today and turning thumbs down. America is a land of change. We adapt, we endure, we overcome. But we don’t change for the sake of change; for the sake of undermining those principles of democracy that we hold dear to our liberty and freedom. In that regard, we will not budge regardless of how some puppet political hack wants to package it.
If we look back in history, we see that voids in leadership have drawn people to action. Real leaders have emerged from the masses and taken the reins, righted wrongs, and put the Flag back in its proper place. That will happen again in America. Of that I am quite sure. There are too many real leaders among us who will step forward and lead this country back where it belongs…a great nation of great people inspired by great leaders.
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