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  1. TeddyRoosevelt

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    Take 5 minutes to read this ... It's so worth it!

    Had enough?

    By Lee Iacocca

    Copyright © 2007 Lee Iacocca

    Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening?

    Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've

    got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a

    cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we

    can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But

    instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the

    politicians say, "Stay the course."

    Stay the co urse? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned

    Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

    You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and

    maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country

    anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore

    the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies.

    Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the

    wealthy (thanks, but I don't need it). The most famous business leaders

    are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in

    Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And

    the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That's not

    the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.

    I've had enough. How

    about you?

    < BR>I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not

    outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have.

    My friends tell me to calm down. They say, "Lee, you're eighty-two years

    old. Leave the rage to the young people." I'd love t o – as soon as I can

    pry them away from their iPods for five seconds and get them to pay

    attention. I'm going to speak up because it's my patriotic duty. I think

    people will listen to me. They say I have a reputation as a straight

    shooter. So I'll tell you how I see it, and it's not pretty, but at least

    it's real. I'm hoping to strike a nerve in those young folks who say they

    don't vote because they don't trust politicians to represent their

    interests. Hey, America, wake up. These guys work for us.

    WHO ARE THESE GUYS, ANYWAY? Why are we in this mess? How did we end up

    with this crowd in Washington? Well, we voted f or the m -- or at least some

    of us did. But I'll tell you what we didn't do. We didn't agree to suspend

    the Constitutioon. We didn't agree to stop asking questions or demanding

    answers. Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech

    treason. Where I come from that's a dictatorship, not a democracy.

    And don't tell me it's all the fault of right-wing Republicans or liberal

    Democrats. That's an intellectually lazy argument, and it's part of the

    reason we're in this stew. We're not just a nation of factions. We're a

    people. We share common principles and ideals. And we rise and fall


    Where are the voices of leaders who can inspire us to action and make us

    stand taller? What happened to the strong and resolute party of Lincoln?

    What happened to the courageous, populist party of FDR and Truman? There

    was a time in this country when the voices of great leade rs lif ted us up

    and made us want to do better. Where have all the leaders gone?


    I've never been Commander in Chief, but I've been a CEO. I understand a

    few things about leadership at the top. I've figured out nine points --

    not ten (I don't want people accusing me of thinking I'm Moses). I call

    them the "Nine Cs of Leadership." TThey're not fancy or complicated. Just

    clear, obvious qualities that every true leader should have. We should

    look at how the current administration stacks up. Like it or not, this

    crew is going to be around until January 2009. Maybe we can learn

    something before we go to the polls in 2008. Then let's be sure we use the

    leadership test to screen the candidates who say they want to run the

    country. It's up to us to choose wisely.

    So, here's my C list:

    A leader has to show CURIOSITY. He has to listen t o peop le outside of the

    "Yes, sir" crowd in his inner circle. He has to read voraciously, because

    the world is a big, complicated place. George W. Bush brags about never

    reading a newspaper. "I just scan the head lines," he says. Am I hearing

    this right? He's the President of the United States and he never reads a

    newspaper? Thomas Jefferson once said, "Were it left to me to decide

    whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers

    without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the

    latter." Bush disagrees. As long as he gets his daily hour in the gym,

    with Fox News piped through the sound system, he's ready to go.

    If a leader never steps outside his comfort zone to hear different ideas,

    he grows stale. If he doesn't put his beliefs to the test, how does he

    know he's right? The inability to listen is a form of

    arrogance. It means either y ou thi nk you already know it all, or you just

    don't care. Before the 2006 election, George Bush made a big point of

    saying he didn't listen to the polls. Yeah, that's what they all say when

    the polls stink. But maybe he should have listened, because 70 percent of

    the people were saying he was on the wrong track. It took a "thumping" on

    election day to wake him up, but even then you got the feeling he wasn't

    listening so much as he was

    calculating how to do a better job of convincing everyone he was right.

    A leader has to be CREATIVE, go out on a limb, be willing to try something

    different. You know, think outside the box. George Bush prides himself on

    never changing, even as the world around him is spinning out of control.

    God forbid someone should accuse him of flip-flopping. There's a

    disturbingly messianic fervor to his certainty. Senator Joe Biden recalled

    a conversat ion he had with Bush a few months after our troops marched into

    Baghdad. Joe was in the Oval Office outlining his concerns to the

    President -- the explosive mix of Shiite and Sunni, the disbanded Iraqi

    army, the problems securing the oil fields. "The Presideent was serene,"

    Joe recalled. "He told me he was sure that we were on the right course and

    that all would be well. 'Mr. President,' I finally said, 'how can you be

    so sure when you don't yet know all the facts?'" Bush then reached over

    and put a steadying hand on Joe's shoulder. "My instincts," he said. "My

    instincts." Joe was flabbergasted. He told Bush, "Mr. President, your

    instincts aren't good enough." Joe Biden sure didn't think the matter was

    settled. And, as we all know now, it wasn't.

    Leadership is all about managing change -- whether you're leading a

    company or leading a country. Things change, and you get creative. You < BR>
    adapt. Maybe Bush was absent the day they covered that at Harvard Business


    A leader has to COMMUNICATE. I'm not talking about running off at the

    mouth or spouting sound bites. I'm talking about facing reality and

    telling the truth. Nobody in the current administration seems to know how

    to talk straight anymore. Instead, they spend most of their time trying to

    convince us that things are not really as bad as they seem. I don't know

    if it's denial or dishonesty, but it can start to drive you crazy after a

    while. Communication has to start with telling the truth, even when it's

    painful. The war in Iraq has been, among other

    things, a grand failure of communication. Bush is like the boy who didn't

    cry wolf when the wolf was at the door. After years of being told that all

    is well, even as the casualties and chaos mount, we've stopped listening

    to him.

    A le ader has to be a person of CHARACTER. That means knowing the

    difference between right and wrong and having the guts to do the right

    thing. Abraham Lincoln once said, " If you want to test a man's character,

    give him power." George Bush has a lot of power. What does it say about

    his character? Bush has shown a willingness to take bold action on the

    world stage because he has the power, but he shows little regard for the

    grievous consequences. He has sent our troops (not to mention hundreds of

    thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens) to their deaths -- for what? To

    build our oil reserves? To avenge his daddy because Saddam Hussein once

    tried to have him killled? To show his daddy he's tougher? The motivations

    behind the war in Iraq are questionable, and the execution of the war has

    been a disaster. A man of character does not ask a single soldier to die

    for a failed policy.

    < BR>A l eader must have COURAGE. I'm talking about balls. (That even goes for

    female leaders.) Swagger isn't courage. Tough talk isn't courage. George

    Bush comes from a blue-blooded Connecticut family, but he likes to talk

    like a cowboy. You know, My gun is bigger than your gun. Courage in the

    twenty-first century doesn't mean posturing and bravado. Courage is a

    commitment to sit down at the negotiating table and talk.

    If you're a politician, courage means taking a position even when you know

    it will cost you votes. Bush can't even make a public appearance unless

    the audience has been handpicked and sanitized. He did a series of

    so-called town hall meetings last year, in auditoriums packed with his

    most devoted fans. The questions were all softballs.

    To be a leader you've got to have CONVICTION -- a fire in your belly.

    You've got to have passion. You've got to really want to ge t some thing

    done. How do you measure fire in the belly? Bush has set the all-time

    record for number of vacation days taken by a U.S. President - - four

    hundred and counting. He'd rather clear brush on his ranch than immerse

    himself in the business of governing. He even told an interviewer that the

    high point of his presidency so far was catching a seven-and-a-half-pound

    perch in his hand-stocked lake.

    It's no better on Capitol Hill. Congress was in session only ninety-seven

    days in 2006. That's eleven days less than the record set in 1948, when

    President Harry Truman coined the term do-nothing Congress. Most people

    would expect to be fired if they worked so little and had nothing to show

    for it. But Congress managed to find the time to vote itself a raise. Now,

    that's not leadership.

    A leader should have CHARISMA. I'm not talking about being flashy.

    Charisma i s the quality that makes people want to follow you. It's the

    ability to inspire. People follow a leader because they trust him. That's

    my definition of charisma. Maybe George Bush is a great guy to hang out

    with at a barbecue or a ball game. But put him at a global summit where

    the future of our planet is at stake, and he doesn't look very

    presidential. Those frat-boy pranks and the kidding around he enjoys so

    much don't go over that well with world leaders. Just ask German

    Chancellor Angela Merkel, who received an unwelcome shoulder massage from

    our President at a G-8 Summit. When he came up behind her and started

    squeezing, I thought she was going to go right through the roof.

    A leader has to be COMPETENT. That seems obvious, doesn't it? You've got

    to know what you're doing. More important than that, you've got to

    surround yourself with people who know what they're doing. Bush brags

    about being our first MBA President. Does that make him competent? Well,

    let's see. Thanks to our_first MBA President, we've got the largest

    deficit in history, Social Security is on life support, and we've run up a

    half-a-trillion-dollar price tag (so far) in Iraq. And that's just for

    starters. A leader has to be a problem solver, and the biggest problems we

    face as a nation seem to be on the back burner.

    You can't be a leader if you don't have COMMON SENSE. I call this Charlie

    Beacham's rule. When I was a young guy just starting out in the car

    business, one of my first jobs was as Ford's zone manager in Wilkes-Barre,

    Pennsylvania. My boss was a guy named Charlie Beacham, who was the East

    Coast regional manager. Charlie was a big Southerner, with a warm drawl, a

    huge smile, and a core of steel. Charlie used to tell me, "Remember, Lee,

    the only thing you've got goin g for you as a human being is your ability

    to reason and your common sense. If you don't know a dip of horseshit from

    a dip of vanilla ice cream, you'll never make it." George Bush doesn't

    have common sense. He just has a lot of sound bites. You know --


    job-Brownie-mission-accomplished Bush.

    Former President Bill Clinton once said, "I grew up in an alcoholic home.

    I spent half my childhood trying to get into the reality-based world --

    and I like it here."

    I think our current President should visit the real world once in a while.


    Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's

    easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send

    someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield

    yourself. It's another thi ng to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

    On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time

    in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes.

    Where was George Bush? He was reading a story about a pet goat to kids in

    Florida when he heard about the attacks. He kept sitting there for twenty

    minutes with a baffled look on his face. It's all on tape. You can see it

    for yourself. Then, instead of taking the quickest route back to

    Washington and immediately going on the air to reassure the panicked

    people of this country, he decided it wasn't safe to return to the White

    House. He basically went into hiding for the day -- and he told Vice

    President Dick Cheney to stay put in his bunker. We were all frozen in

    front of our TVs, sscared out of our wits, waiting for our leaders to tell

    us that we were going to be okay, and there was nobody home. It too k Bush

    a couple of days to get his bearings and devise the right photo op at

    Ground Zero.

    That was George Bush's moment of truth, and he was paralyzed. And what did

    he do when he'd regained his composure? He led us down the road to Iraq --

    a road his own father had considered disastrous when he was President. But

    Bush didn't listen to Daddy. He listened to a higher father. He prides

    himself on being faith based, not reality based. If that doesn't scare the

    crap out of you, I don't know what will.


    So here's where we stand. We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for

    winning and no plan for leaving. We're running the biggest deficit in the

    history of the country. We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia, while

    our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas

    prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a cohe rent energy policy.

    Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The middle class

    is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry out for


    But when you look around, you've got to ask: "Where have all the leaders

    gone?" Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people

    of character, courage, conviction, competence, and common sense? I may be

    a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get

    the point.

    Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making

    us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent

    billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how

    to do is react to things that have already happened.

    Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina.

    Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the
    hurricane, or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in

    the crucial hours after the storm. Everyone's hunkering down, fingers

    crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms

    happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the

    next time.

    Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can

    restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed

    that there could ever be a time when "the Big Three" referred to Japanese

    car companies? How did this happen -- and more important, what are we

    going to do about it?

    Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the

    debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem.

    The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at

    our country and milking the middle class dry .

    I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your

    asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being

    hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is

    everybody so afraid of? That some bobblehead on Fox News will call them a

    name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?


    Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to

    light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope. I believe in America.

    In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of America's

    greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises -- the

    Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Kennedy assassination,

    the Vietnam War, the 1970s ooil crisis, and the struggles of recent years

    culminating with 9/11. If I've learned one thing, it's this: You do n't
    get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to

    take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better

    future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge

    I'm raising in this book. It's a call to action for people who, like me,

    believe in America. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So

    let's shake off the horseshit and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had


    Copyright © 2007 by Lee Iacocca & Associates, Inc., a California

  2. no1tovote4

    no1tovote4 Gold Member

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    Dude, have you ever heard of links? Just post a link and a portion of a copyrighted article.
  3. TeddyRoosevelt

    TeddyRoosevelt Member

    Apr 27, 2007
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    This was sent to me without a link- so therefore I couldn't provide one. Care to find it for me?
  4. Mr.Conley

    Mr.Conley Senior Member

    Jan 20, 2006
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    New Orleans, LA/Cambridge, MA
    Google it
  5. no1tovote4

    no1tovote4 Gold Member

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  6. TeddyRoosevelt

    TeddyRoosevelt Member

    Apr 27, 2007
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    now you can read it all over agian
  7. red states rule

    red states rule Senior Member

    May 30, 2006
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    Why do libs always want someone else to do the work for them?

    I am sure there is a government program out there that can teach you how to search the internet
  8. TeddyRoosevelt

    TeddyRoosevelt Member

    Apr 27, 2007
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    It's the CEOs and upper management- mostly Republicans -who don't do any of the real work. They just sit back and collect their big fat salaries and egregious bonuses while the lowly peons -mostly Democrats -do all the work.
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  9. CSM

    CSM Senior Member

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    Northeast US
    Naw, Dems sit at the bottom of the food chain and collect welfare (among other "entitlements").
  10. TeddyRoosevelt

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