Leadership Vacum

October 8, 2008

I watched with disdain last night as the B & J show soft shoed across the stage and tap danced around the issues for almost two hours. Whether it was Obama’s clinging to his B.S. about 95% of us getting a “tax cut” (he should read a dictionary definition of “cut” before calling it one, ie. the millions who don’t even PAY income tax that would get a check), or McCain’s, “I can be a democrat too”, 300 billion mortgage buyout bomb, the amount of crap dumped on the American public at last nights debate is equal only to the tonnage that the 3 blind mice (Bush, Bernanke, Paulson) have been dumping on us for the past month regarding the financial “rescue”.

What this country needs now more then ever is leadership. Not pandering, not gimmicks, not gotcha’s, just plain, old fashioned “I know we’re in a fix right now, we’ve been through worse, we’ll get through this, and here’s my plan to move us along”, straight talk.

Unfortunately when it comes to straight talk, McCain’s gone mute and Obama obfuscates more then a sub-prime mortgage broker. Sadly, both of today’s candidates act like we’ve never had true leaders before. Why else would they try to pawn off their pathetic pandering as “leadership”?

Below are the first and last parts of a Presidential inauguration speech given during a previous time of financial hardship that was much worse than today’s. You can disagree with his policies but you cannot disagree that F.D.R. didn’t know how to lead.

“I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”…………………….
“We do not distrust the future of essential democracy. The people of the United States have not failed. In their need they have registered a mandate that they want direct, vigorous action. They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership. They have made me the present instrument of their wishes. In the spirit of the gift I take it.
In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.”

To read the entire speech follow the link below from historymatters:


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