Leadership is the ability of a person to make others want to follow. These past days have seen America lacking in bringing others along to follow our lead. Instead, we appear to be waiting until others take the risk to chart a course then join in. One wonders if this is out of conviction or timidity.
America was forged with those who dared to take risks for what they believed in seeking to improve their lives and that of their families and countrymen. Ralph Waldo Emerson captured the essence of leadership when he said, "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
In America we often take for granted the freedoms we enjoy. Throughout the mid-east we hear of freedom fighters trying to gain just a few freedoms from the dictators who oppress them. Ronald Reagan would have openly and vociferously stood in support of their efforts. Today we seem to pick and choose which rebel cause to support and which to abandon.
Cases in point, Iran we abandoned. Egypt we supported. Libya we dragged our heals until the French and British lead the way. Even today the spokesmen and women for the White House deny that we have entered this military action with the intent to oust Col. Gaddafi.
On the home front our economy depends on affordable gasoline to get products to markets, get people to work, and provide the power to support commerce. Oil prices are over $100.00 a barrel. Sticker shock at the pumps is rampant. Our Administration could ease this pain and bolster our struggling economy by expanding drilling in Anwar and the Gulf. It could concurrently tap the reserve to ease prices at the pumps. And yet there has been no indication that this Administration cares enough about the common man to take these steps; steps that would demonstrate leadership in the face of Liberal opposition.
Finally the nation is facing a deficit crisis. The budgeting process was led off by the White House tendering not a budget they expected to get approved but a test balloon to see how the House of Representatives would respond; another grand example of poor leadership. A leader would develop a viable budget, present it to Congress and the American People, and enlist support to get it approved. This was not the chosen path for this Administration.
One has to be wonder about this Administration's capacity and willingness to lead America.
It is time to start thinking about which of our elected representatives deserve to remain in office after 2012!