The Question is Leadership

 

Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
– Warren G. Bennis

Now more than any time in our past, we must educate ourselves and others about WHO we elect as our leader.  The damage done to our Republic is something that only a STRONG leader will be able to correct and set us back on the correct path.  A President who will help our country heals the wounds that our Republic and its people have suffered.

“….A house divided upon itself- and upon that foundation do our enemies build their hopes of subduing us.” Abigail Adams 

America enters 2012 pathetically divided as her enemy’s scheme against her.
Unity is the cry for the election of 2012.  We the people cannot wait until November 2012 to be united …and united is the only way we can overcome the challenges we and our Republic face.

I have spent quite a while looking for what makes good leadership.

When we see interviews of voters, we get the “he’s electable” or “he has the best chance of beating Barack Obama”.  I like many, don’t want to go into the voting booth and hold my nose as I vote, or to feel like I wasted my vote by having to choose the “lesser of the two evils”.

In this case, we need to do our research.  Will electing a candidate this way save our Republic?  It is the character of the candidate, not the electability.  As long as we have unity for America and for our way of life, we will prevail.

The next President will need to know elements and influences behind the scenes with the strength and confidence to stand up to pressures working against the best interests of the people.

 The next President must have extensive knowledge of the Constitution and Law to facilitate the ways and means to DEFEND AND REBUILD the nation and at the same time …be a diplomat, a warrior, a leader, a strategist and statesman.

The next President must have the ability to stand tall in the midst of mudslinging and naysayers.  Strength of character and strength of their beliefs in what the Republic needs to heal and prosper.  George Washington was this type of leader.

“He possesses the two great requisites of a statesman, the faculty of concealing his own sentiments and of discovering those of other men.” This was said of George Washington by the secretary of a British diplomat.

“If you are a prodigy or a genius, an Alexander or a Caesar, then you bring victory from whatever you touch.  Washington was not in that class.   But a successful general does not have to be the best general in the world.  All he has to be…is better than the generals he faces.”
Richard Brookhiser

 What makes great leadership? 

  • Cooperation
  • Collaboration
  • Consistent
  • Creative
  • Conscious
  • Caring
  • Capable
  • Courageous
  • Innovation
  • Understanding
  • Integrity
  • Sense of humor

The following is taken from The Heritage Foundation.  There is a bevy of information there to decide what character traits should determine the future of America.

The American Founding

The Founding is where it all begins. The great men who established this country first articulated the foundational principles that still define America.  Here are three must-reads and some basic Q&As to get a handle on the American Founding. When you’re ready for more, read the primary sources yourself and explore the Founding in greater depth.

Economic Thought

Property rights and free markets are an integral component of what it means to be free. Here are three must-reads and some basic Q&As to get a handle on economics. When you’re ready for more, explore economic thought in greater depth.

Foreign Policy

Because of its dedication to the universal truths of equality and liberty, America has a special role to play in the world: this country has a responsibility to uphold the cause of freedom abroad. Here are three must-reads and some basic Q&As to get a handle on foreign policy. When you’re ready for more, explore foreign policy in greater depth.

Constitutional Government

The Constitution translates the principles of the Founding into a framework of limited republican government that remains central to the American way of life. Here are three must-reads and some basic Q&As to get a handle on constitutional government. When you’re ready for more, read the primary sources yourself and explore the Constitution in greater depth.

Progressivism and Liberalism

The Progressive assault on the limited constitutionalism of the Founders set the stage for modern liberalism and the rise of big government over the past century. Here are three must-reads and some basic Q&As to get a handle on Progressivism and Liberalism. When you’re ready for more, read the primary sources yourself and explore Progressivism and Liberalism in greater depth.

Applications: Religion, Education, and the Family

Republican self-government cannot endure without a virtuous and educated citizenry. Families, religious organizations, and schools are the pillars on which the country’s tradition of ordered liberty rests.

Applications: Entitlements and the Welfare State

The Liberal-Progressive demands for new rights give rise to an ever-expanding welfare state. As entitlement spending soars, threatening our economic stability, it is time to replace the culture of entitlement with one of mutual responsibility

Applications: Property Rights, Free Markets, and the Economy

The most prosperous economy is one in which people can freely exchange goods and services with the knowledge that their property rights are secure.

Applications: Budget Taxes and Fiscal Responsibility

To create a vibrant economy in which everyone has the opportunity to succeed, we need a fiscally responsible government that spends wisely and does not overtax its citizens. High taxes, bloated budgets, and crushing deficits are a recipe for economic disaster

Applications: Regulation and the Administrative State

The administrative state undermines the principle of self-government by empowering unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to make laws in the guise of regulations. Over time, excessive regulations stifle economic growth by erecting barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Applications: Energy and Environment

We don’t need big government to meet America’s energy and environmental needs. It is in fact possible to preserve our commitment to limited government and market solutions while remaining good stewards of our natural resources.

Applications: Politics, Elections, and the Rule of Law

Crucial to the active consent of the governed is a political and judicial process that operates under the rule of law and is consistent with America’s principles.

Applications: Religion, Education, and the Family

Republican self-government cannot endure without a virtuous and educated citizenry. Families, religious organizations, and schools are the pillars on which the country’s tradition of ordered liberty rests.

Applications: National Security, Foreign Policy, and Immigration

America’s commitment to the ideals of liberty and self-government requires a strong national defense and a principled foreign policy, and entails openness to immigrants “yearning to breathe free.”

If we do not pull together my fellow Patriots, we will see our Republic become a thing of the past.  The disaster of 2012 won’t be the end of time; it will be the end of Freedom, for our Citizens and for the world.

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One Response to The Question is Leadership

  1. topshot says:

    Great article Annie, great links with very informative information. I agree it is time for all Patriots to pull together and rid this country of the inept leadership we are now under. The World needs a strong America to stand up against tyranny and evil in this day and age especially. America has been and will continue to be a beacon to the downtrodden and enslaved people of the world. This country is unique in the way legal immigrants have not only become a part of our society but have also strengthened it.

    If America is to return to its rightful place as the world leader we all need to work as if our lives depended on it, because they do. We need to hold our leaders to a higher standard than what they have shown us and that can be done at the ballot box. Each of us need to find a candidate whether local, state or national and work to see them elected. Look what the freshman class the Tea Party helped elect have done so far. They march to a different drummer than the old guard does and have forced the Republican Party to do things they normally would not have done. Now they need us to send them more help and a leader who has America’s best interests at heart. Without a doubt this is the most important election in history for the survival of freedom in America. Your post will help to inform us all, thank you.

    Semper Fi

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