I have always been intrigued by leadership. There are elements to it that I just don't have, but that does not lessen my interest in it, or my admiration for true leadership. This is where I think Obama goes wrong, he does not recognize that he doesn't possess those attributes of leadership either. He thinks that if he just tells people what to do from a position of authority that they will do it. He confuses strident demands for decisive leadership.
I attempt to lead by example, but that only works when people have already bought into the concept and it is just a matter of being properly motivated. Then, when they see a guy like me doing what needs to be done they often will pony up and lend a hand. That is not the type of leadership I mean, that is the generic brand and I am looking for the top of the line.
The reason this subject comes up is because that is what America is in sore need of right now. That is what the Threeper community needs. That is what the Tea Party Needs. That is what the Republican Party needs. See, we are up against people who are already being led, who are organized, who do as they are told. They are, in a very real way, an army. So, I look around, searching for the person who might be able to bring this rag-tag bunch of individualists together and offer serious resistance to the growing army of moochers and parasites.
Here's the problem with conservatives, Threepers, Tea Parties, and the Republican Party: they don't play well together. They are independent, principled, self-sufficient and mostly just want to be left alone to pursue success and their concept of happiness.
There is a big conflict coming, a conflict that I and others have warned about a long time. It is a battle between those who would plunder the state and the citizens for their ease and comfort and those left with the dinner tab. They hide behind concepts like "worker's rights are civil rights." In other words, their right to your money is a God-given debt that you owe, because they can use the police force to make you. You, on the other hand are just a person who doesn't want to go to jail and the cops aren't in your union.
So, here we are, on the verge of a great and horrible conflict with no leader. We are leaderless because we don't recognize anyone else's authority. Our principles might not allow our willing association with those who might be in favor of the legalization of drugs, or gay marriage, even though those beliefs are rooted also in the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. It is a step too far. It might make us seem like sell-outs. The Tea Party might not feel comfortable with devout Right To Carry people, or the Second Amendment advocates might not feel comfortable with Bible thumpers, even though their interests are very close together.
The other side has no concern about these conflicts of principle, because they can focus on the prize: collectivism. This is how gay rights proponents can support Islamic Jihadists, at least for a while, until the Jihadists decide to do the work of Allah and kill them and dump them in a pit. The gay activist, however, is willing to risk it if it leads to the downfall of the capitalist system. They understand the objective is greater than the path that leads one to the goal.
This brings me back to leadership. I know, I know, the strength of the individual is enhanced by the fact that there is no formal organization by which to direct the authorities to him. I know that the Tea Party is strong because there is no individual who the left can target and destroy, thereby destroying the whole organization. I know the Second Amendment advocates are too militant and will bring bad PR to the Tea Party.
I know all of those things, but the truth is if we all can't find a way to hang together we shall all hang separately. Okay, so I stole a Benjamin Franklin quote, it does not lessen the message. While I am a staunch Constitutionalist, I recognize that if I would take my own counsel I will have to accept some political realities that violate my principles. It doesn't mean the pill will do down easily, but in a front line unit, sometimes you have to just swallow hard and do as you are told. Bitch later, when we have transformed the nation back closer to what it was supposed to be.
We need a leader, folks. We need to follow that person and give up some of our principles. We are going to need to fight back and that means collateral damage and that collateral damage is some of the stuff you value most. We can lose a little to gain more, or we can lose it all by the side of a pit, or deep within the bowels of a prison, eating with people we would not normally give the time of day. We are going to have to do things with which we do not agree, or would otherwise consider beneath us.
I bring this up, because Wisconsin is proving to be the training ground for a whole new violent set of Marxists who will fan out and train those in your state. They are unions and they have muscle. We had better figure out how to engage these folks and put down this rebellion against us, this attempt to extort us out of our paychecks. We better find a damn leader who is willing to go up against these folks and expose them for the violent gang they are, or we will find ourselves getting beat up on the way to work and having our lunch money stolen.
Graciously linked and quoted at Weird and Pissed Off.
Graciously linked at Refreshing the Tree of Liberty.