Let him lead?
Really? I mean really? Just where did that question, answered in the positive, ever have a place on the American scene? Did Bill Clinton get to lead, or did he have to fight and compromise on just about every issue? What about Bush? And Obama? You’ve got to be kidding me! Lead? Obama was opposed and denied and stalled and insulted by the republican opposition on his every move. He was never able to close Guantanmo or get out of Afghanistan,’ or even get the kind of Obamacare that would have finally controlled the big insurance companies.
And now we get to a time where the big galoot of a used car salesman’ is supposed to be allowed to lead without opposition, or any fetters at all. “He won,” “he’s now our president,” cries come up from the cold bitter steel laying at the foundations of rural America, and the complaints continue to grow into a single pitiful lament: “Just let him alone to lead!” No.
Not on your life or my own. That’s not America. We don’t let anyone lead. We make them lead, and we make them lead through a morass of pain, suffering, disagreement, division and outrageous fortune because that is who we are, and how the Constitution set up things to be. The founders saw value in compromise. They saw it as the only way to prevent totalitarian rule. And totalitarian rule is what so many facets of a dumbed down public want. They wanted it back then too, but the founders were bright enough to know and seek to prevent it. Our leaders suffer through their terms, and each and every one will tell you that after they get out of office. It’s part of the job for them, and part of the process for the people.
This dissent over just about everything Trump does or says is watching freedom applied and at work in a great fabulous country where everyone gets to have some sort of say or another. I get to write this and have many people read it without the police coming to visit or Facebook shutting me down. You gotta love freedom. And you can say anything back! And the very worst I can do is dump you….
And then likely take you back because I am an American too.
“We don’t let anyone lead. We make them lead, and we make them lead through a morass of pain, suffering, disagreement, division and outrageous fortune because that is who we are…” from lessons learned in September?
Thank you Ken, for the comment. Thanks for quoting me. Too true. Real leaders must be pushed every which way but loose in order for them to be trained to get people to follow them
and then the direction damn well better be a good one. Thanks for that.
James: deeply respect your writing and honesty. not a fan of any politicians have known too many. have no idea what to really make of Trump. “We make them lead” We badly need a President who gets this and is a leader. Very hard job. have to go and meet/compromise with other side(s) and improve the current situation. May never be really liked “enough”. Will always be examined and criticized. Comes with the territory. If can’t handle it, should not have run. Sure as hell hope it works out. Was hoping for a new 30 day chapter tonight!
Chapter will reach you some time tomorrow. I will be on a plane but Chuck I know will get it up.
Your analysis of the situation is similar to my own.
Strange times these….
Semper fi, and thanks for liking the story…
This is picking up an old conversation, but I do think Trump does get it. Here is a man that has lived on the principle of the “Art of the deal”, which is the art of compromise. I think he keeps all these meaningless little brush fires going to divert attention and interference from the main work being done. I think he knew the job was going to be hard and difficult, and that being in charge doesn’t make you right, it just makes you in charge. He knows that everyone is not going to like him, everyone is not going to get all they want, and above all, the opposition, even if they think it is a good idea, isn’t going to say so. Unfortunately, our congress, no longer operates under the premise of “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. It’s more like, “of the people, by me, and for me”, and I will share whatever amount it takes to get reelected. I don’t think a lot of congressmen like Trump because the look at him and think, “Damn, he’s going to expect us to really work!”
Style. Approach. Application. All of that, in leadership and sales, involve a product.
I have no argument with any of those with respect to Trump.
I don’t care what he looks like, how he sounds or what whacky craziness come out in his Tweets.
I care deeply that he has a whole set of bad, awful and downright evil products for my fellow countrymen.