Maybe it’s the lingering disappointment over how the Romney campaign was run in 2012. Or, perhaps, it’s a result of minimal ability on the part of political satirists, but the time has come to stop criticizing Mitt Romney’s irrelevant perception that he lacks pizzazz as a national figure. A recent example was a jab which claimed his decision not to run again brought his greatest response of enthusiasm from Republicans. It was particularly aggravating because it came from a site which normally focuses on the very real incompetence we are being subjected to by the current Administration on a daily basis.
Good Leaders Don’t Have to be Great Cheerleaders
Sure it can be invigorating to have a sparkling leader who can ignite a fire in the spirit of the people. But for every youthfully exuberant Kennedy, Great Communicator Reagan or even an overzealous Teddy Roosevelt, we’ve been fortunate to have a stately Washington, a practical if somewhat distant Jefferson and a sincerely wise, but definitely un-Hollywood Lincoln.
Which is More Beneficial to Our Nation, Substance or Misleading Rhetoric?
If compared to our current resident of the White House (who, for purposes of this article, shall remain as nameless as the true characterization of “Islamic insurgents”), Romney has no reason to apologize. He ran a state government successfully. Meanwhile, his opponent skated through a period of time as an undistinguished community organizer. Among his unaccomplishments as senator, he didn’t have the moral fortitude to vote against partial-birth abortion. Romney’s gravest faults included not sending some comments through a politically correct filter beforehand or challenging the Democratic candidate on his overseas investments or his litany of half-truths.
With Romney, protection of our Constitution would have taken priority over protecting the public image of party members in the Senate. We wouldn’t have had a Majority Leader submissive to the President who was willing to fiddle while the economy burned, by not bringing crucial House bills to vote in his chamber of Congress.
We Citizens Bear Some Responsibility to Rally Ourselves, Too
There are extraordinary times when the head of state must lead the charge for his people. Franklin Roosevelt confronted Depression despair with programs to steady the ship while waiting for the strong-willed economy to respond to a stimulus such as World War II. Winston Churchill was instrumental in leading his countrymen against daunting odds as the bombs fell all around the British.
But we adult citizens must display some initiative, too. As management experts will attest, ultimately the employee must motivate himself. The supervisor can only create the best environment for it to have a chance. The same holds true for leaders and citizens.
Republican Talent for 2016
What does this mean for the next presidential election? Candidates for the Republican nomination are beginning to surface as they normally do more than a year before the party’s convention. My hope is that those who participate in the primary process will take intelligent looks at those who may not have the big names yet, but who have excellent ideas toward improving our nation.
It would behoove everyone to recognize the tremendous leadership qualities of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, neurosurgeon emeritus Dr. Benjamin Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Among them, they have guided those entrusted to them through forbidding challenges in government and business in addition to matters of life and death. They have many achievements in the things which matter, more than just “activities”1 as a Secretary of State or endorsements from a press which may be blindly enamored.
From the former CEO, the retired surgeon and acting governor, we will receive the real story regarding solutions to our nation’s problems, free from the camouflage of politically correctness. As a result of her extensive business travels overseas, Fiorina has a better sense of the worldwide political pulse than those in the Administration.2 Dr. Carson’s firsthand knowledge of the medical field has helped him envision a simple, yet effective way to change Obamacare through HSA’s (health savings accounts).3 Walker has proven abilities to achieve the difficult balance between management and labor in a governmental setting. Their credibility is enhanced in that they have accomplished much despite experiencing an impoverished childhood (Carson), starting from the corporate bottom as secretary (Fiorina) or not having a college degree (Walker).
These are real leaders for the major challenges we must address now. They have a penchant for facts over hearsay, yet they are personable. More importantly, they also have ability to bring the moral change so desperately needed in our federal government. This counts more than anything else.
1 – from Fiorina’s speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on 1/24/2015, “We must understand our role in the world – which is to lead – and the nature of our allies and especially, our adversaries. Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is not an accomplishment, it’s an activity [emphasis added].” on http://time.com/3681536/carly-fiorina-hillary-clinton/, by Zeke J. Miller, updated 1/24/2015
2 — “I have have met Vladimir Putin and know that it will take more to halt his ambitions than a gimmicky red ‘Reset’ button. Having done business in over 80 countries and having served as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board at the CIA for several years, I know that China and Russia are state-sponsors of cyberwarfare and have a strategy to steal our intellectual property. I know Bibi Netanyahu and know that when he warns us that Iran is a danger to this nation as well as to his own, that we must listen.” Ibid.
3 – “Health Savings Accounts Far Better Than Obamacare,” by Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., http://realbencarson.com/health-savings-accounts-far-better-than-obamacare/, 7/10/2014