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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Operation Fast And Furious Is Only A Symptom Of A Much Bigger Problem

Here’s the Nonsense:  We’re surprised that there might be corruption in our government with the revelation that Attorney General Eric Holder might have had knowledge of or involvement in Operation Fast and Furious.
Here’s the Horse Sense: Why are we surprised when something like this comes up?  The old saying, “So you bought a ticket to the circus and you’re surprised when you see an elephant?” comes to mind.  The truth of Attorney General Holder's knowledge of and involvement in Operation Fast and Furious may take a long time to come out.  Possibly many years from now long after this administration has left office.  The real tragedy of this isn't just what has happened in this operation and who was involved.  The tragedy is that we have chosen to elect people who put ideology over truth and they appoint others of similar values to key positions in the administration instead of acting as a trustee of what's best for the nation.
No one, not even the president, who is supposed to be not just the leader of his party and this administration but also the leader of our nation, should look to do anything but find the truth.  We need leadership in this country and not ideologues.  These people seem to truly believe that the end justifies the means.  This is an opportunity for this administration to show whether they are interested in finding the truth or in protecting their ideology.
This nation is in trouble in a vast number of areas beyond what we have ever faced.  The only hope we have to turn things around is true leadership, regardless of what party it comes from.  But we don’t have leaders in Washington.  I believe we would be hard pressed to find enough leaders in Washington politics to equal the number of fingers I have on both hands, possibly not even enough to equal those on one hand.  Only leadership can save this country and we are sorely short of seeing any true leaders rise up to help us.
In my book, Many Are Called But Few Can Manage, I define the characteristics of true leaders.  These are the things required for success in business, politics, or anywhere in public or personal life.  One of the things that denotes a true leader is the fact that a leader does what is right regardless of the cost.  Even if it costs them their leadership position, they still do what is right. 
Truth is more important than anything else, even if it means self-sacrifice.  We don’t see that today.  We see self-serving people who don’t deserve the trust they’ve been given by the American people.  The citizens of this nation need to look carefully and scrutinize fully any and every person who want to be in a leadership position in our nation and make sure they meet the characteristics of true leaders.  We should pray that true leaders would rise up and the voters would recognize them as the ones we need to help lead us out of this dark and dangerous time in our history.