Leadership

Posted on Tuesday 23 May 2006

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 leaderthe 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 endsthe invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the War on Fundamentalism, the increase in Islamic Fundamentalism, and the continued power of the Republican Partyjustify the meanslying 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.


8 Comments for 'Leadership'

  1.  
    Zen
    May 23, 2006 | 5:01 pm
     

    The answer is simple. Pay someone to give him oral sex, then he can be impeached!
    Because all the other downfalls & lies of this regime mean nothing compared to a sexual encounter outside of marriage, such are the values of the brainwashed.

  2.  
    Dan
    May 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm
     

    Is it possible to find someone that desperate?? It would probably cost too much money otherwise. LOL

  3.  
    May 23, 2006 | 7:20 pm
     

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  4.  
    Dan
    May 24, 2006 | 10:33 am
     

    Unfortunately, the Bush government has seen fit to suspend the Constitution.

  5.  
    May 24, 2006 | 2:55 pm
     

    On the other hand … We The People have to accept a lot of the blame for allowing our leaders to get away with things. How good a job do voters do in holding corrupt politicians accountable? Not very. How much trouble does the average person go to in order to become an educated citizen and exercise civic responsibility? Not a lot. How much will some people fight to defend liberty when they start feeling insecure and start listening to people who promise security? Not much. How many of us have held a politician accountable lately? How much contact did you have with your congressperson or senator when the Homeland Security Act was debated?

    Then, of course, there’s the whole political process and the inherent power-brokering, favor-trading, grandstanding and pandering, framing of issues into black-and-white us-versus them terms, mudslinging, and competition to bring home the spoils – all at taxpayer expense – that are bult into the system. These features tend to discourage many decent people from running for office and rather tend to encourage other sorts of people instead, people who in some cases may have a rather deep need for power and adulation rather than any sort of simple desire to serve and give back to the nation.

    The President and all of the president’s men and women can’t get away with much of anything for very long without the acquiescence of Congress, the courts, bureaucrats, the press, thousands of special-interest groups, and voters. Power is sufficiently diffused, and information relatively widespread, that it’s hard for an administration to move without at least tacit approval or tolerance of a whole lot of people.

    Further, the administration and the Republican party are continuing along a path that brought increased votes and political power in the 2004 election (and fewer problems with hanging chads). (This is excepting, of course, individual cases of corruption that, as always, merely show human venality and frailty and confirm Lord Acton’s dictum rather than necessarily reveal much of anything about a given political party’s philosophy or course.) And, it’s at least as plausible that the administration is doing what it’s doing in order to pander to popular fears, insecurities, and prejudices to try to maintain some semblance of popularity and hence power, instead of for some darker or more obscure motive. So, yeah, you can criticize the administration and “Dubya”, but save plenty of fingers to point elsewhere.

  6.  
    snettbish
    May 26, 2006 | 5:09 pm
     

    Democratic countries get the government they deserve.

    America has a problem in that it is driven by its dream, which is really a nightmare dressed up to look like a virture. This pursuit of happiness (a very slippery thing to define) is the problem as it is the root cause of all Americas problems.

    The strange thing is that it is written into the constitution and thus it seems to me that the very basis for the American way of life has the seeds of its own distruction built in.
    (check out http://www.affluenza.org as an example of what his means)

    Now it could be that the way it has been interpreted is the problem. Maybe the founding fathers intended that it should be the obligation of evry citizen to work for the happiness of community, the country, thier fellow man. Now if this the case then such a country with such a divine principle in opperation cannot fail. As it is it would seem that America is bound to go the same way as every other hedonistic empire the world has seen, including the British Empire.
    Want a better government? Become a better people!

  7.  
    May 30, 2006 | 11:58 am
     

    Understand your point snettbish but the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is NOT written in the US Constitution. It is a phrase in the Declaration of Independence – a document written to justify taking up arms in revolution. And to put it in context Jefferson borrowed the phrase from Locke – but Locke’s version was “life, liberty and property”. The change is somewhat significant.

    Interestingly enought the “pursuit of happiness” phrase is in the 1947 Constitution of Japan. Now go ahead and debate the impact of that on the Japanese way of life!

  8.  
    snettbish
    May 30, 2006 | 6:25 pm
     

    I stand corrected. Interesting way to justify taking up arms, not that I disagree with fighting for a just cause (maybe we humans jump to that method to quickly). I’m not sure I’m entirly happy with Locke’s version either.
    Japan? Well they seem to be a very strange race. Certainly ‘expectations of success’ creates a massive pressure on the young and I think I’m right in saying that Japan suffers the highest suicide rates in the world. It was certainly true at one time.
    I don’t know much about thier culture except to say that it seems to have lost track of itself since the end of WW2 and probably explains more about thier morality, ethics and social condition than anything else. Some have very high work ethics, others very poor morals. They have contributed some brilliant management tools into industry and are one of the most prolific producers of pornography. Strange People.

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