Does it seem that everything is in chaos today? Does the rising level of illogic in our country today just seem unnecessary?
If you feel that way, you are not the only one nor are you some sort of “extremist”.
The very design of our constitutional republic requires something that many other types of governments do not. With three branches of government, with none superior to the other, consisting of two houses of Congress and an Executive branch that are divided by ideology, it would seem that the American system should be stymied in a perpetual state of deadlock, but historically, that has not been the case.
The particular commodity that prevents such stalemates is necessary to the survival of a republic and is the very characteristic necessary to be the next president and should be the primary discriminator for our choice of next Republican nominee.
That characteristic is leadership. Without the ability to lead, there is no possibility of programs or policies being implemented, no reform actions being initiated or followed through to success.
Leaders are out front, they are the face and the brand of the effort. It has been said that leaders are leaders because they have followers – but the mark of a leader is to have people over whom he has no direct control do things due to his influence and his ability to so people how the policies are correct and effective.
The noted management consultant, Peter Drucker said:
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
America cannot be “managed”. As Drucker pointed out, management is about doing things right – tactical actions conducted with some degree of precision, leadership is about having the vision to know and do the “right” things. America is as much a state of mind as it is a country and it requires people of who understand the “right” vision is the one compatible with the ideals set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Even people who have not even read these documents understand “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
It is no small matter, the inroads that the “progressives” have made in the last 150 years in attempting to convert America to a social democracy. There is no doubt that at least some of their support for open borders and unfettered immigration is the idea that somehow they can dilute the spirit of independence that America represents – but people come to America to escape collectivism, tyrannical statism and the personal destruction it leaves in its wake.
America cannot be managed. Attempting to “manage” America yields something akin to the “autonomous collective” or the “anarcho-syndicalist commune” where people take “turns to be a sort of executive officer for the week” of Monty Python and the Holy Grail origin. We are leaderless today just like that anarcho-syndicalist commune. None of the heads of the branches of government are leaders – not Harry Reid, not John Boehner, John Roberts and especially not President Barack Obama.
Since 1988, the United States has suffered through a series of “managers” focused trying to do things right with varying degrees of success. Many have recognized the “right thing” yet focused solely on tactics, not strategy. They have focused on executing individual “things” without a vision of how those “things” combine in the larger strategic scope. For the past five years, Obama has focused on strategy, but the wrong strategy, one incompatible with the true American ideal.
The last president who combined enough of the right tactics in doing the right thing and could even be remotely classified as a leader was Ronald Reagan.
If Republicans put forth a candidates with leadership qualities, the country wins. If not, we all lose. America needs a leaders, not the night manager at Wal-Mart or the president of the United Federation of Planets.
It is up to the Republicans to provide one.