Instead of Undeserved Comments About Romney, Let’s Promote the Leadership That Walker, Carson and Fiorina Offer

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

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Our Nation’s Problems DO Require a Brain Surgeon’s Help

Ever since his bold tell-it-like-it-really-is speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2013, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson has been receiving well-deserved attention as a possible candidate for national political office. His analytical and non-ideological approach to solving our nation’s problems is very attractive to the thoughtful voter.

Fellow WordPress blogger, Tom Quiner, recently posted a guest column article by Tiffinay Compiano on on his “Quiner’s Diner” about the good doctor. It is a “must read.”

http://quinersdiner.com/2014/11/22/does-dr-ben-carsons-lack-of-executive-experience-matter/

Regarding the often-used statement that something is “not brain surgery,” I believe we have reached the point that it does apply to our nation’s future.

Why?

1) Our economy has not returned to good health. It is still besieged by increasing runaway national debt fever. We treat the symptoms of budgetary malady with redistribution of wealth which only creates pain in previously healthy organs without addressing root causes.

We also perform a 21st century version of the 18th century bloodletting performed on patients. Our modern edition saps economic strength by putting increasing regulation and taxation on the very systems (businesses large and small) which are capable of strengthening the economy, while ignoring the tumor that is the federal government.

2) Our infrastructure of bridges and highways is suffering osteoporosis from a lack of funds being set aside for future repairs and replacements.

3) Retirees’ futures are looking very anemic as their Social Security tax withholdings have been used for just about everything except for being returned to them with a little interest.

4) Increasing moral indulgences over the last fifty years have spawned numerous social ills which the uninformed think can be partially solved with more mandated taxpayer funded birth control – the very substance which leads men to use women more than ever before. In addition, it prevents the basic unit of civilized society, the family, from forming or assists in its destruction.

We have finally reached the ultimate in psychotic reasoning: killing the unborn is an acceptable way to treat some economic aches and pains.

5) The U.S. is also suffering the weight gain of out-of-control immigration. Let me be clear, immigration is not inherently bad. In fact, just like reasonable muscle-building, it has made our nation strong. However, opening the floodgates by presidential statements to foreign leaders followed by wanton executive orders puts stress on the heart of our nation – those generations of families who took the effort to become nationalized since 1776 (as my Colombian-born father did in 1959) on their way to contributing to our country’s well-being.

6) Our Constitution is being both neglected and abused by the President and some of his disciples like Sen. Harry Reid. Restoring this document to full vigor is critical to the health of our republic.

7) Meanwhile, overseas cancers are growing which the executive branch of our government chooses to ignore or deal with on a deliberately delayed basis. ISIS is just the latest mutation of Islamic terrorism. We see troubles in Middle East, Africa and soon to a developed country near you. It joins the problems caused by Syria’s civil war, Putin messing with the Ukraine, China’s attempt to swallow the southeast Asia shipping lanes, etc.

This is not an exhaustive list of the political and societal diseases we face, but the urgency is clear. Yes, solving our problems has reached the point to where we actually do need a brain surgeon’s help.

From the previously linked Compiano article: “Here’s an interesting take-away point: Our founding fathers were farmers, inventors, and doctors. Even more, five medical doctors signed the Declaration of Independence.”

Dr. Carson, are you available if the nation calls?

Why is U.S. Influence Weakening in Asia? Should We Care?

Daniel Henninger, Deputy Editorial Page Director for the Wall Street Journal, appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss his recent editorial “Time for a Big-League President.”1  In it, he wrote about the world’s political climate and declared that “Only one thing really matters in an unsettled world: the quality of U.S. leadership.”

In today’s television interview, he commented on China’s increased assertiveness against Japan and other countries in the Far East.  Meanwhile, the U.S. seems to have disappeared from Asia.  In response to an unprecedented need, the State Department has tried to reassure our allies that we have not, in fact, abandoned them.

The question is: “Why has the Administration pulled back from opportunities to “keep the peace” in Asia?

Isolationism  and  Presidential  Resources

Mr. Henninger believes it stems from the fact that “polls say Americans are in an isolationist mood.”  He continued with “Mr. Obama won’t spend political capital outside the country—Ukraine, Syria, Asia. He wants to spend what capital he has left consolidating internal federal authority.”1

These observations are accurate.  A majority of the American public, or at least the Baby Boomers and perhaps some of Generation X, have had an extended, subconscious guilt over the Viet Nam years.  For the last four decades, there has been a persistent reluctance to become involved in major disputes outside our borders, reminiscent of our pre-1917 era before we were pulled into World War I.2

Advancing  Socialism  and  Increasing  Federal  Debt

There are two other reasons for our lack of effort in preventing Asia from becoming another hot spot in the world.  The first is the President Obama’s obvious preference for socialism.  Despite laughter from the left and disbelief from the uninformed center of the political spectrum, there is abundant evidence.

Obamacare is just a recent example.  The President’s signature piece of legislation may or may not work.  It seems unimportant to his ultimate goal.  If it succeeds, then it becomes part of a more orderly move toward socialized medicine.  If it fails, then by recognizing the reality that we rarely retrace our steps away from entitlements, it will fast-forward us to socialized medicine.  And as Dr. Benjamin Carson has reminded us, Lenin said that “socialized medicine is the keystone to a socialized state.”

Another tactic on the part of the President is the “Common Core” (or “Obamacore”) standards for education.  It’s a bold move to take control of education from the states and to concentrate it more in the federal government.  It also strives to make students “worker-ready” at the expense of being “informed voter-ready.”

Lastly, but certainly not least, is our federal debt.  It’s not only at a very unhealthy level, but is made even worse by the amount of Treasury securities held by other countries.  At the end of October, 2013, China owned $1.3045 trillion, which was 7.6% of our total debt and up from 7.2% twelve months earlier.3  If this were the stock market, China would be required to make a bid to own the U.S.   As it is, they hold a disturbingly high percentage of our Treasury securities; thus, adding credibility to the idea that the Administration doesn’t want to ruffle their feathers.

Wrap-Up

The abdication of our influence in Asia is just one of several injuries to our ability in being a force for good in the world.  The current Administration is more concerned with the long-term dependency of the citizenry.  We voters must remember that the world is way too small for us to think that if we just keep to ourselves, become preoccupied with “American” problems only, then everything will be fine.

I cannot improve on Mr. Henninger’s concluding statement: “Barack Obama has proven that rookie leaders won’t work in the world we’ve got now. If the U.S. wants to remain a big-league nation, it’s going to have to elect a big-league president.”

1 – 1/1/2014 at www.online.wsj.com

2 – Mr. Henninger also wrote in that article: “It is no surprise that in conversations of late one hears invocations of the 1930s. Or that a popular book to give this season has been Margaret MacMillan’s ‘The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914.’ Whether the world in 2014 will tip from containment to chaos or war is not the subject here.”  Nor is it for this posting, either, but it’s certainly worth thinking about as we head toward the mid-term elections ten months away.

3 – While China’s additional investments in Treasury securities slowed from April to October of 2013, their 12-month net purchases showed an increase of $134 billion while all other foreign owned debt decreased slightly.   Data is from www.treasury.gov