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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Obama’s Leadership Boggles The Mind

Here’s the Nonsense:  The president is doing a good job fulfilling his duties, even when the Supreme Court shows him he’s wrong.
Here’s the Horse Sense:  President Obama and his administration have nothing but contempt for their responsibilities under the law, and what may be even worse is that no one in Congress is standing up to hold them accountable.
According to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the actions taken by President Obama’s administration in response to Arizona’s challenge on immigration law is mind boggling.  And most thinking folks believe it’s that way on other issues, too.  When an administration not only disagrees, but refuses to enforce select laws that they are duty-bound to enforce, it shows us there is no real leadership present.  What’s worse is when Congress doesn’t hold them accountable for those actions it confirms that there’s a dire shortage of leadership there, too.
In my new book, No Tomorrows:  How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With the 2012 Elections, I address the issue of leadership.  It is something that is severely lacking in America today.  We no longer know how to choose leaders and the result is that we now face an imminent collapse of our nation.  We must learn what a true leader is and replace the faulty leadership we now have with them to ensure a bright future for America.
This administration, as we’ve seen all too often, has again proven that it is not capable of leadership.  There are no true leaders to be found there.  But sadly, there are very few on the other side of the aisle either. 
The ruling on Arizona’s immigration law was still hot off the presses when the Obama administration announced that ICE agents, with limited exception, will no longer will respond to calls for assistance with illegal immigration issues from Arizona state or local law enforcement.  Newsmax reported:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer angrily denounced the Obama administration’s decision Monday to strip the state’s police agencies of special immigration arrest powers, saying it was like telling the state to “drop dead” in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision upholding a key provision of Arizona’s immigration law.
The idea that the federal government will not fulfill their responsibilities under the law leaves her and others incredulous.  The Newsmax report continued:
 “I was shocked. I was outraged. I thought, you know, this is politics at its best,” Brewer told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview Monday night.

“It’s just unconscionable. What they said to Arizona is: ‘Drop dead, Arizona, drop dead, and go away. We’re going to ignore you,’” the Republican added, suggesting the action by the Department of Homeland Security was prompted by the court’s ruling that upheld the state’s right to stop and question a person’s immigration status.

But this is what phony leaders do.  They aren’t really true leaders.  They are in leadership positions but forget that their first priority is to serve the citizens by doing their duty under the law.  Instead, this administration does what it chooses.  It selectively decides what laws should be enforced and which ones should not.  It selectively decides which parts of the Constitution it wants to comply with and which ones it will ignore.  It acts as though our form of government is a monarchy instead of a representative republic.
A true leader would seek to resolve issues for the best interests of the country, not for political gain.  Political gain would be the farthest thing from a true leader’s mind.  But this administration over and over again shows that their only concern is political gain in any situation.  Other examples are many but another current one in the news is the congressional investigation into Fast & Furious.  Appearing to near his limit with the dance the administration is doing to keep information from the Congressional Oversight Committee that he chairs, Rep. Issa wrote to President Obama:
"Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it...or, you are asserting a Presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation," Issa wrote. "To date, the White House has steadfastly maintained that it has not had any role in advising the Department with respect to the congressional investigation. The surprising assertion of executive privilege raised the question of whether that is still the case."

Rep. Issa had to write that after issuing subpoenas for the information in February 2011 and still not receiving complete information.  Rep. Issa is, unfortunately, a rare example of someone who's trying to do the right thing by holding people accountable to the rule of law.  It's a rare quality found in today's politicians.  

The blocking of the investigation by the Department of Justice, and now supported by the president himself with his use of executive privilege, shows once again that this administration has no interest in getting to the truth, holding people accountable, and doing what’s right to get to the bottom of this situation for the American people and especially for the families of the slain Americans and Mexicans, which now number in the hundreds.  

In No Tomorrows I differentiate between leaders and true leaders.  Leaders are people who happen to be in a position of leadership.  They may have success, even at high levels, but they are not true leaders.  True leaders are people who can be trusted implicitly.  True leaders are a limited few who always strive to do the right thing.  Not the right thing to attain their goals or suit their supporters.  We’re talking about “right” as in morally right according to a standard based on right and wrong, not some person’s determination of what’s right.
America needs to learn to choose true leaders and start replacing those in elected office with them from local elections in each community all the way up through county, state, and federal elections.  Until we do, there is no hope that our problems will be solved and our nation will be turned around.  Sadly, as I point out in No Tomorrows, the time is short to start that process if we want to avoid imminent collapse.