Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Where Have you Gone....? ~ By Randy Novotny

~ Guest Author ~

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Republished with permission Where Have You Gone...?

By Randy Novotny

Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Paul Simon wrote that line long before Joltin Joe had left and gone away from the planet. He was figuratively asking where all our true heroes have gone, because in the 60s when he wrote the song we needed heroes and didn’t seem to have any.

Right now we need Leaders and don’t seem to have any; at least any that seem to understand the need to show concern for the problems and issues of the people.

The President is supposed to be a leader. A leader of all Americans and the free world.

Our current President reminds me of the little kid playing baseball who always wanted to pitch and finally got his opportunity and says “look at me mom and dad, I’m pitching” and then gets shelled. It doesn’t matter to him because the only thing that does is that he is the pitcher. The outcome of the game isn’t important. His teammates aren’t important.

The only thing that matters is he is the pitcher. That’s all that is important to mom and dad and his other followers as well. It doesn’t matter how good of a job he is doing.

To Mr. Obama’s defense he is not the first that this has happened to in recent years. The last George Bush started out strong as a leader and was remarkable through 9/11 and the days that followed. Somewhere in his second term he just seemed to run out of gas and no longer possessed the same qualities. It might have been even sooner.

Clinton was more of a “Teflon Bill”. The good times we had during his administration probably had little to do with him. The balanced budget was probably because of Newt Gingrich and the rest of Congress.

Sometimes, it is better to be lucky than good. A true leader would never be caught with his pants down as often as Clinton was. A true leader would not embarrass us like he did.

The first George Bush just seemed too far out of it at times. He really never connected with the American people. Maybe, it really was that silver spoon.

Good men in many ways, all of them, but just not the leaders we need in the White House.

Ronald Reagan was a remarkable leader from bell to bell. The best (by far), I can remember in my lifetime. He led because he possessed the wisdom necessary for the position. He could connect with people on all levels. He was truly concerned about making it a better country and a better world.

The Presidency isn’t as much about policy as it is leadership. It matters not if you are conservative, liberal, middle of the road, or something else. Can you lead? Can you put confidence in the American people? Can you portray the United States as a strong yet compassionate country?

Reagan had it all. I’m not sure if Obama has any of it!

I have to confess, I voted for Barack Obama because I thought he might possess Reagan type leadership.

So far, he has failed me and the rest of the people of the United States of America!

I am not Rush! I do not want him to fail. I want him to succeed. Just like I always want everyone the American people put in a leadership role to succeed.

I am not controlled by party politics like so many in our country. My only hope is for our country to get better.

On the top of the pyramid of the Great John Wooden’s “Pyramid for Success” it says, “Do your best when your best is required and your best is required everyday”.

That’s what I want out of our leaders. That’s what I want out of the United States. Now more than ever our best is required.

We cannot be at our best when our chief leader does not have his eye on the ball.

The Olympics for Chicago in 2016 means practically nothing to the success of this nation.

Yet, on the very day when unemployment rates were announced at the highest rate in 26 years, just a couple of days after our commander in Afghanistan revealed the embarrassment for all Americans that he had talked to the President only once; where was Barack Obama? In Copenhagen, hoping to further his “Rock Star” image by being there to celebrate the announcement of Chicago winning the Olympics for 2016.

Right now our President is drowning in arrogance!

While many are terribly hurting in this country, while young men and women are dying and being permanently maimed on battlefields in different parts of the world our President and other leaders stick to politics as usual.

What’s the hurry on healthcare? We certainly need some kind of reform. Americans deserve affordability. However, we do not need a plan that is rammed down our throats without input from all sides.

Let the soup cook before you serve it. Let us decide if the soup is ready to eat or if it needs more or less ingredients. Don’t tell us how great it is before we have a chance to decide.

It seems to matter to our leaders only what happens to them politically and not what happens to “We the People”.

Our political system is sick and it is making our country sick as well. Unfortunately, “We the People” keep treating the symptoms instead of the disease.

The disease is that both parties want control of the people. The only difference is they want to control the people in different ways.

So, what do we do? We treat the symptoms with a pill in the form of the vote that changes the symptoms every few years. The problem is when we cure one symptom the others come back and so forth. We are in a vicious cycle that can only end in death. Death to the great country of the United States of America!

We can still save the patient, but we must begin to treat the disease. You treat the disease by taking a new course of action with new leaders with a goal for them and the country to do their best everyday for the people of the United States and the Planet Earth.

We must quit being controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties and their special interests. We must elect leaders not associated and controlled by either party. That is the treatment for the disease.

That is how we save the great country of the United States of America!

It has to begin with all of us!

I would like to hear from you!

Randy Novotny

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