A President used to represent a Leader whose nationalism and pride drove him to want more than anything to see this country rise up within the context of greatness. Not that we have to be supreme, but that we are built on a core of beliefs and morality that represents strength and commitment and honor. Throughout history we have had some Presidents who strove for this – and some who seemed more determined to succeed at an ‘agenda’.
Franklin D Roosevelt came into office facing The Great Depression and WWII. He didn’t blame the previous administration, he didn’t cry foul, he didn’t need a teleprompter or an ear mike to tell him what to say, he saw People and the best way to mobilize was to ask everyone to help him in this cause.
Facing the crisis, he implemented relief and recovery initiatives, pushed legislation to help resuscitate a dead economy, a dead manufacturing sector, and a dead industry. He created the New Deal, held fireside chats and gave hope! “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself” – was the motto that gave him respect, for everyone knew that his own test in fear came when he lost the use of his legs from polio. And he CHOSE to rise above it and not succumb to fear!
He was a man who represented WE The People, Our Country, and ideologies of working together in a mobilized community effort.
Our GOP candidates don’t have that heart. Their agenda is weak, it is filled with rhetoric that no one believes because it comes from the same rhetoric we’ve been hearing for decades! No one has faith in their words as they remain – blanks. Pistol whipping, empty, blanks. And yet, they continue to ram the same junk down our throats knowing we are done! Which makes them just look idiotic. Are you listening or is your ‘agenda’ your issue because We The People are not falling?
The only reason Trump has garnered support is because the people hear his somewhat muted cry for Our Country and The People behind the dearth of crass verbiage and a sharp tongue.
Ronald Reagan was another amazing man, not just a politician speaking half truths and waiting for a poll to determine his stance on a topic. He had an incredible core value ideology that was always steady, real, and accountable. He symbolized strength and The People naturally followed, eager for a true Leader as opposed to a true narcissist. Where are the men? Because I keep seeing school boys pushing and shoving on an elementary school playground…
Amazingly articulate, Reagan gave a speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater in 1964 that is worthy of memorization. “A Time For Choosing” was about the shift in our country wherein Socialism had silently begun to take over. So subtle, most Americans had not even noticed. The same Socialism we had sought to defeat in Russia and Nazi Germany, had dug its tentacles into American lives and livelihoods.
Today, most people don’t even understand what Socialism means, what it decries, what it absorbs, and what it kills – Freedom.
Reagan saw the path that we were following and succinctly sought to warn us of the impending disaster. Goldwater lost the election to Lyndon Johnson who had been Kennedy’s choice for Vice President. A vote for Johnson symbolized a vote for the now deceased Kennedy.
What would it take for a GOP candidate to win today? A stance that is built on a core of integrity, honor, and strength, a stance that believes in this country and has a means for recreating our nationalism. A stance that brings The People together, rather than divides. A stance that has a clear understanding of who and what our enemy is, and will vow to eliminate that threat – period.
Unfortunately, what we see on the debate stage is pandering, mud slinging, and bullying and we are left shaking our heads and grumbling.
What is a Leader? He is someone who is not ruled by fear. He is someone confident and clear headed. He is someone whose integrity is unquestionable. He is someone who believes in our country through The People, and seeks to create a community rather than sectarian division. He Leads without confusing dictating with leading. He is someone we Trust implicitly.
What if instead of telling us about Obama’s failures, the GOP candidate gave us ways we could regain our strength? What if instead of bemoaning Obama and Hillary, we didn’t give them the time of day as they aren’t worthy of our mention? What if instead of fearing Trump, they saw how to capitalize on his platform of ‘Truth’ and make it better, more honest, more respectful, more strong!
What is the answer right now? Regaining pride in our government, pride in our President, and pride in our country. Who should be our mentors? Certainly not the elite, certainly not Hollywood, certainly not the corrupted CEO’s who lavish indiscriminately on themselves. Take a lesson from Goldwater. Take a lesson from Reagan. Take a lesson from FDR!
Merkel may have made a few mistakes, but she made them holding to her integrity. Putin may have made some mistakes, but he did it from his unswerving Nationalism. What if, we actually had a Leader that made us feel safe and worthy and strong?