The Need to Lead

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.

20 thoughts on “The Need to Lead

  1. On my FB site, you were complimented on your leadership skills. I think it speaks volumes when one can not only lead, but be well-received by his peers. Did everyone love you? I’m sure they didn’t, but I’m pretty sure that the importance of their love was not the crux of your concern, nor that of any other good leader. I’m a bit baffled as to how 38% of Americans approve of Obama’s leadership. Personally, I feel as if Boba Fett has frozen every American tail and is delivering them to Jabba the Hutt.

    • My concern was that we provided the broadest avenue for success by creating a successful business.

      I can guarantee that I was not loved by everybody but I never gave them any doubts about who I was or what I expected – I could always articulate to the teams what I thought needed to be done and let them know that if we discovered it was a mistake, I had no problem admitting it and changing direction.

      I also never blamed others for my mistakes.

  2. The Republicans HAVE provided a lead. I give you……CHRIS CHRISTIE!

    Seriously, boss, I thought you were heading for the end zone for a while there, then you fumbled. You recovered, but you still fumbled. John Adams told us what is required for the successful operation of our government:

    We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

    –John Adams, Address to the Military, October 11, 1798

    I know I’ll catch arrows for pointing this out, but Putin provides leadership, but does anyone think he could successfully operate our form of government? I hope not — because there would STILL be something missing, the same thing that is missing now.

    • Putin…Putin…He’s da man….

      If He can’t do it…..Chavez CAN !! ………… Oh Wait, Chavez is dead……Yeah I guess we’re stuck with Putin … :- ( .

    • “The Republicans HAVE provided a lead. I give you……CHRIS CHRISTIE!”

      Very thankful this is a joke. I would honestly hate to have to Baker Act you.

                • The problem with Washington is that it is not filled up with ordinary American citizens, Joe. Obama and his eponymous healthcare bill stands in support of my claim. Washington needs an overhaul. We, the American people, do not need Republicans. We do not need Democrats, Independents, or even Libertarians.

                  What we need is everyday working American citizens who solve problems, pay bills, and budget their finances to pick up this banner of liberty for everyone.

                  When do you run for office?

                  • Augger,

                    I have been thinking about it. I have seriously been considering running for a local office — but I won’t — not yet…because I want to do it for the wrong reasons.

                    Besides, if I were to run for a national office, they would look into my past — back to when I lived the way the Left STILL lives every day — and they would use it to destroy me. Personally, I don’t care; I could turn that on them any time I knew the TV was live. But I will not do that to my family.

                    You seem to be different. You are a doc: a respected profession. So when are YOU running??? 🙂

                    • Unelectable Joe. I am definitely not on board with the establishment of either party. Comments I have made such as the memorable “Go fuck yourself. My rights are not dependent upon your perception of my need.” are not palatable to today’s mindset.

                    • Augger,

                      We just swerved into something important and related to this post: electability.

                      I challenge anyone to think back on all those they consider to be great American leaders and find one who did NOT say things that would make them unelectable in today’s environment. I bet you’ll have a harder time finding someone than you think — especially if you REALLY know the leader you have in mind.

                      Now, I’ll say something else that will not set well with many. The reason for this is because those past leaders were M-E-N and our society has been so feminized that REAL MEN are no longer valued. And THERE is another unspoken danger that confronts us: in the REAL world, an even women vs man combat does not often end well for the female. The rest of the world — especially those parts that do not like America — are still squarely in the manly world view. And this is why we instinctively cringe when our effeminate President tries to get tough with Putin. We just know he’s got no chance — and for the very reason I just stated.

  3. They The Liberal Press and their RINO supporters) cut leaders off at the Knees…..Cruz, Lee Paul etc…

    Tim Donnelly (TP endorsed Conservative) is running for Governor in Calif on the Republican ticket…….. And the Liberals in San Francisco fired Maria Conchita Alonso for supporting him…………. I’m sure the rest of the Calif RINOs and establ;ishment Republicans will join in and Hate-Speech him into the Ground.

    Funny AD … and here is a Conservative Latina putting her voice to her Convictions …….. I salute her ! We keep hearing about how the Hispanics are supposed to be Conservative in their thinking….. Well, We ( the Country ) Needs more like her to stand up.

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