FDR smoked Chesterfields and drank martini’s…oh, and he also had an affair with Lucy Mercer, his wife’s social secretary. Harry Truman didn’t smoke, but he drank bourbon, played poker on a regular basis, and swore to beat the band. LBJ was a blackmailing son-of-a-bitch who knew where every skeleton was buried in the Senate and the House and used that knowledge to get a civil rights bill passed along with the most extensive education bill to date. This could go on, but you get the drift. These were all pretty darned good presidents of our country and they had their ‘shortcomings,’ if that’s what one wishes to call them.
Today, it would appear that Americans are unwilling to elect a leader who is anything less than squeaky clean. Rather than looking for someone who can do a job, we seem to be electing people, both to the White House and to Congress who are either pansy-assed or so contrary that nothing is able to get accomplished…and that’s just wrong.
On the one hand, we have the President. He seems to spend more time defending his decisions and apologizing for mistakes made by staffers than he does sending legislation to the Hill and promising to crucify anyone who votes against it. Next, we have John of Orange, the majority leader of the House of Representatives; nice enough man; like several other leaders, a smoker and drinker; is also capable of being bullied by the more radical members of his party…more about that group of crazies later. It would appear that John’s pants maybe a bit too tight, thus preventing him from “growing a pair” as the saying goes. At least LBJ realized that and told his tailor to “drop the crotch a couple of inches to make room for my nut sack”…perhaps not as tactfully stated as a John Adams might have spoken, but then, LBJ spoke the language that could be easily understood. So, while John maybe a leader in name, it appears that he is also an appeaser who has elected to serve the party rather than the people. Therefore, we can’t really consider John of Orange a true leader. The Senate Majority Leader, Dirty Harry Reid is something of – as they used to say about Russia – “a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” using political maneuvering and cajolery to gain lucrative contracts and deals for his home state of Nevada.
Earlier, I mentioned the crazies. This is a group, largely in the House of Representatives, who call themselves Tea Party Republicans. There is little about them that is Republican in the true sense of that word and more about them that is like the bunch of crazy white men who dressed up as Native Americans and tossed a couple of hundred crates of tea into Boston Harbor, thus beginning the practice of pollution. There is no such thing as a sensible leader among them, particularly if one considers Virginia’s 7th Congressional District madman, Eric Cantor as the leader of the pack. Cantor, who has a $2 million campaign war chest, is already attacking his Republican rival with television ads, calling his opponent a “liberal college professor.” Excuse me Congressman, but how is this ‘professor’ with less than two hundred thousand dollars some kind of a threat to you. This, by the way, is Cantor’s second television ad prior to the Virginia primary; the first was a campaign to position himself as the vanguard against President Obama’s policies. It wouldn’t matter what any of these policies might be; Cantor is against anything dealing with a Democrat. This man isn’t a leader of anything but himself; an arrogant, self-centered, immature, and ignorant child.
My point to all of this is that we don’t appear to have leaders in this country any more. I blame a great deal of that on the media as well as on the fact that each and every person living in this country has flaws that can be exaggerated to the point that should they choose to run for political office, they will be haunted and hounded by those flaws until they finally recant and withdraw. Whatever fault you may have, it will be found…and don’t kid yourself into believing that there are some leaders out there who are so pristine and pure that the only thing they cannot do is walk on water.
Thus, we are beset by people like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Joe Biden, Rick Perry, and a bunch of other Democrats and Republicans who are just plain frightening. There has to be, somewhere in this nation, a male or female with a vision for how this country should be governed; who recognizes that the division of wealth scales have been tipped too far to one side; that the federal government has lost the respect of the states and that these states must be brought back as part of the “United” States of America, one nation and if you feel like adding “under God,” go for it, but let us get back to being one nation. There is a great deal of work to be done if this country is going to remain a leader on the world stage. We are in dire need of a leader who, in addition to vision, must take a stand against the current Congressional makeup to ensure that the Legislative Branch of Government becomes a conduit rather than a concrete dam blocking national progress. If we are a two-party system, let us be just that and not tolerate people with critical views without intelligent solutions. As for us, the average voters of this great country, let us not go to the ballot box and vote the way our mothers and fathers voted. Let us take the time to question the candidates; to learn what they are going to do for the people because it is by the people and those we elect that we will move forward or become merely another short-lived project on scrap heap of history.