Sunday, March 02, 2008

JIm Ehl: Where have all the leaders gone?

To take this a step further, did you see the photo of Bill and Hillary in their college days? Did you see the photo of Hillary with her Woodstock T-shirt? Do you know anything about Obama except that he makes great platitude speeches? And, who listens. Does that not remind one of the flower children?

When one sees a video clip of McCain walking up and down pumping his left fist and listening to his rhetoric and knowing his background, can on truly believe that this is the best the party has to offer to run the country?

And, when the elected Republicans can do anything they like with no comment from the party, who expects any change? If you do what you always done, you gonna git what you always got!

Until the party changes, from the RNC on down, from being a secondary campaign committee for the elected elite, to holding the elected elite to party standards, don't expect anything to change.

Jim

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----- Original Message -----

From: Bill McGibbon


FROM LEE LOCOCCA'S NEW BOOK

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from


it's death throes? He has a new book, and here are some excerpts.

Lee Iacocca Says:
'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's
happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder.
We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a
cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean
up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting
mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians
say, 'Stay the course'

Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not
the damned 'Titanic.' I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'
You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker,
and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this
country anymore.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the
guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is
burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving
'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the ' America
' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough.
How about you?
I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if
you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have.

The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of
crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory.
Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a
battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes
tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any
other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes.
A Hell of a Mess So here's where we stand. We're immersed in a bloody war with no
plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We're running the biggest deficit
in the history of the country. We're losing the manufacturing edge to
Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care
costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy
policy.

Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The
middle class is being squeezed every which way These are times that cry out for
leadership.

But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the
leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are
the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense?
I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than
making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've
spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we
know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane
Katrina.

Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to
the hurricane, or demanding accountability for the decisions that were
made in the crucial hours after the storm.

Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't
happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan.
Figure out what you're going to do the next time.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we
can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have
believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to
Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, what are we
going to do about it?

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying
down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care
problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating
away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit
on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is
being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is
everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name?
Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough?
Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm
trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope I believe in
America. In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of
America's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises:
the 'Great Depression', 'World War II', the 'Korean War', the 'Kennedy
Assassination', the 'Vietnam War', the 1970s oil crisis, and the struggles of
recent years culminating with 9/11.
If I've learned one thing, it's this: 'You don't get anywhere by
standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether
it's building a better car or building a better future for our
children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this
book. It's a call to 'Action' for people who, like me, believe in America. It's
not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap
and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'

Excerpted from 'Where Have All the Leaders Gone?'.

Copyright (c) 2007 by Lee Iacocca. All rights reserved.

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