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This is rather long but I found it interesting - relays my thoughts quite well.
Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from it's
death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, and here are some
Lee Iacocca Says:
'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 course? You've got to be kidding. What course? This is
America , not the damned 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all
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...........and it will get far worse.
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in
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 the ' America ' my
parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.
I've had enough. How about you? 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. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on
nine C's of leadership, crisis being the first.)
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 thing 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
A Hell of a Mess so here's where we stand.
We're immersed in a bloody war with no real White House 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, Mexico, China, etc., while our
once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has ever had a coherent
Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The so-called
middle class is being squeezed every which way!
These are times that cry out for leadership.
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, omnipotence, 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 and in the White House. We didn't
elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent or
deceptive while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being
replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some
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will call them a name or two? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough? 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 1970's oil crisis, and the
struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.
If I've learned one thing, it's this: 'You don'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 crap and go to work. Let's
tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'
Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about.
It's our country, folks; and it's our future.
Our future is at stake! You will see.
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