Thursday, February 23, 2006

Wanted: A Great Leader

I know it is extremely difficult right now, to think about the future of our country. Even the most rabid neo-cons of the Republican Party are starting to realize the extent of the Bush administrations incompetence. It seems like every day, there is some new scandal or blunder that adds to a mounting litany of transgressions. But let’s put all that aside right now and think about where we are headed, after George Bush and company, finally leave office. Our history is filled with examples, of the rise of great leaders, when they are needed the most. Many times these leaders have come from obscure or even humble backgrounds. Everyone would agree that our country will need a leader to heal and unite us. Everyone would probably also agree that our country will need a leader to alter our direction and help us solve the enormous problems of the 21st century. The very survival of our republic may depend on this leader. My question is: Is that great leader out there, waiting for his/her calling?


Blogger Rory Shock said...

excellent question ... and will the system allow that person the opportunity?

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Bulldog said...

Now that's the question for the ages, Rory. The last Presidential election showed us that the system is not ready for the kind of change it needs to move this country forward. Think back to before the Iowa Caucus: Howard Dean was leading the way with his "netroots" backing him, the Internet Generation. All it took was media focus on that God-awful scream to ruin his chances. In his stead, we got John Kerry. While not a bad guy, poor John couldn't find the balls to counter-attack the right-wing smear machine when they questioned his patriotism. We have definitely seen an even more recent case of this with Paul Hackett in Ohio and his run for Senate. The Democratic Party was not ready for one such as him that spoke the truth, spoke it loud, and didn't pull his punches with regards to his bold statements toward the right and George Bush. Unfortunately, he was also cat aside as being too "inflamatory" with his criticisms.

Until the Democratic Party starts backing these outspoken progressives, we may win some elections, but we'll never stay in power long unless we change our strategy and start fully supporting leaders such as Howard Dean and Paul Hackett.

2:05 AM  
Blogger JusticeE.R. said...

I would completely agree, Bulldog.

8:00 PM  

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