What makes a good leader? I was watching a movie the other night… a tacky apopcalyptic movie titled, “10.5”, about an earthquake that devastates the west coast of the United States. The President of the United States in the movie is playing a game of basketball with an old friend when he is told about the earthquake. He immediately runs out of the gym, presumably to find out what is going on and what the federal government can do to help.
Contrast this fictional President with the current
Commander Idiot in Chief, George W. Bush. When he was told that four aircraft had been hijacked, and that two of the hijacked aircraft had been flown into the two tower of New York’s World Trade Center, what does he do? He continues to read “My Pet Goat” to a group of third graders at an elementary school—acting like a complete idiot as if nothing serious, which requires his attention, has happened.
Which would you say is a better example of a good leader—the fictional one that takes command and responsibility for what happens on his watch, or the real one that seems to lack a brain, a spine and any sense of ethics?
Sherry, over at Stay of Execution, asks her readers for suggestions on Leadership. My experience has shown me that good leadership makes the followers greater than the sum of their parts, and bad leadership can destroy whatever skills or abilities the followers might have. I’ve worked for both good leaders and bad ones. The good ones inspired us to give 110% of ourselves, and the bad made us wish we had stayed home.
Overall, how would you describe the leadership in this country? Have the failings of the very highest offices in the country led to failures in the lower offices, rampant corruption, a lack of ethics, and abuses of power? What can be done to change or improve the situation in this country? How can the party of the Moral Majority and the Christian Right, have so little in the way of morals and ethics?
Do the ends—the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the War on Fundamentalism, the increase in Islamic Fundamentalism, and the continued power of the Republican Party—justify the means—lying about the reasons for the war and invasions, the unconstitutional spying on Americans, the loss of civil liberties, the corruption of the Republican Party at all levels of government?
Granted, the Democrats aren’t free of the taint of corruption, but it doesn’t seem to be as pervasive as it is in the GOP. The Vice President is the one with the ties to one of the most inefficient corporations profiting from the War in Iraq and Afghanistan—Halliburton, which he still is on the payroll of, and was formerly the CEO of. Many others in the Republican party have been indicted—Jack Abramhoff, who has ties to both Tom Delay and the current White House; Tom Delay, former Majority Leader in the House of Representatives; George Ryan, former Governor of Illinois; and Charles McGee, the former Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. Even W himself has been implicated as lying in the Valerie Plame case.
I fully believe that the unethical behaviors shown by the Bush
Administration regime have trickled down throughout the country, to all levels of government and has led to the abuses in power by even local police in many cases. When a fascist regime comes to power, and they start to abuse power—the corruption reaches out very quickly to all levels of government. That seems to be what has happened here in the last six years.
The poor leadership of the Bush regime has lead to the highest deficits in history, the involvement of the United States in two unjust wars, the illegal occupation of a foreign country under false pretenses, and the loss of civil liberties for all the people residing within the United States.
The poor leadership of the Democratic party has allowed the Bush regime to get away with such abuses of power and corruption, with little or no sanctions. If Bill Clinton can be investigated and tried for a sexual affair between two consenting adults—don’t the abuses of power, obvious corruption, and continued violation of Constitutional rights by George W. Bush and his regime deserve at least equal treatment?
If the Democratic leadership is unwilling or unable to force sanctions upon the Bush regime, then I would call on the people to follow George Washington’s advice when he said: “Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” Unfortunately, we, the American people, have left the government to irresponsible action. This should be corrected as soon as possible.