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Leadership… Where?

January 31, 2009

What is a citizen supposed to do? The economy stinks. The war on terror continues – maybe? Politicians don’t have solutions. Journalists don’t have the answers and we all know how smart they are. Smart men have run companies into the ground and even under it. Seems smart women are under the radar here. Used to be that the more you paid CEOs the better results they delivered. So Corporate Boards must be into something other than corporate results.

Yet somehow, voters discerned that Barack Obama, an obscure lawyer from Chicago politics, was qualified to be President. The guy talked a good game for two years, barely contributing to the U.S. Senate where he was paid about $160,000 a year for results. Nearly the entire field of candidates was from this club where you get paid for accomplishing nothing. Drop a line to this editor and name some stuff that the Senate accomplished in the last couple of years?

My point is that we need leadership. In fact the number one qualification for President should be leadership. Why don’t journalists ever mention this in their stories? That’s a whole other discussion. So what is leadership anyway? John C. Maxwell says “leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less”. I’ve heard him say that it’s “showing people the way” too. To continue the thought, Maxwell and others often talk about someone who has a vision, the passion to talk about it and the ability to get it done. Okay so you say our new president has that. I challenge you to tell me what the vision is, specifically. I think I know what he meant during his campaign but you probably won’t agree with me. So you tell me what he meant.

You may have noticed how Barack started off. First it is proclamations but no one knows how it’s going to get done such as Guantanamo Bay. Worse, make policy about lobbyists and then immediately “waiver” the rules for “smart” people. But the point I made earlier about smart people can leave you spinning without direction here. Policy and waivers together don’t make much …policy.

So we are into the “do as I say, not do as I do” mode which I’m sure all reading this totally understand, have seen before, and really love to smile at. But ask yourself why voters expect someone who comes from what I heard was teaching, lawyering with activists, legislating in Illinois, and serving in the Senate, all of which show no “accomplishment” that we know of, to be our Chief Executive and Commander in Chief? Accomplishments come from that vision, passion, goals, and an attitude expressed so well by Larry the Cable Guy when he says: “Git ‘er done”!

-Bill Bramer
Retired Naval Officer
Ormond Beach, FL

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