… Perhaps the most commonly used Bible verse on leadership can be found in Proverbs 29:18, frequently interpreted to read, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Vision comes from leadership and America is void.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock." The tragedy in Tuscon, Arizona shows us at least two things; Far too many people are swimming with the current and there is nobody stepping up to stand like a rock. That, in itself, is a tragedy.
There are always knee-jerk reactions to such senseless events but with each successive adversity, the ill-conceived, poorly thought out reactions from our leaders multiply exponentially. What are we to think when those we have chosen to lead and represent us in governmental affairs, front and center being national security, fail in the exercise of logical thinking and intellectual discernment?
We all should pay little notice to the blathering idiots that make up our media. Collectively their brain functions barely enough to trigger an electroencephalography test. We are hearing such inane discussions of limiting free speech, banning or censoring talk radio, reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, etc., etc., blaming these things on influencing one person to commit heinous crimes. But when this sort of nonsense comes from the leaders in our country, what confidence are any of us to have that they could handle something of bigger proportions?
One example out of many comes from Rep. Peter King, a Republican congressman from New York, who announced he intends to propose gun control legislation that will prohibit anyone from having a gun within a thousand feet of "certain high-profile government officials."
Rep. King, who in the past has obviously convinced many American voters that he is republican and conservative, shows us that when things get a bit rough going, God only knows what he will do or say. Pretty scary stuff right there and something that should be a concern to all of us.
When considering King's proposal, we can debate many aspects of it. Michelle Malkin
yesterday asked, "How, one wonders, will Rep. King meet the new GOP requirement to cite constitutional authority for this headline-driven encroachment on liberty?"
The point I am trying to make is that what you and I see in a person, particularly a politician with the uncanny ability to emulate a chameleon, is not necessarily what we get. It shows us that Rep. King is an example of that. I would suppose from his perspective it's easy to say you support seeking constitutional authority BEFORE passing any bill but when rational thinking escapes the mind due to irrational circumstances, what good was the promise to begin with and more importantly, what can we expect in leadership capabilities from such a person?
Rep. King is chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns. His gun control proposal shows us that he should not be sitting on either of these committees, say nothing about leading them. I might even question his ability to be a leader at all if this is representative of his actions.
His proposal, or at least the comments he made about what he would propose, reveals, not only that he is void of leadership but his thinking and reasoning skills resemble that of a child. He says:
"That is why, as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns, I will be introducing legislation that would make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within a 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials."
Does King, a man who would be one at the forefront of a major national security breech or crisis should it present itself, have the mental capacity to rationally lead the people or would he react similarly? What intellectual magnitude does a person possess that would publicly state that he would make it illegal for anyone to "knowingly" carry a gun within 1,000 feet of his appointed elites he wants to protect?
The man is acting incoherently. No law abiding citizen would "knowingly" carry a gun within 1,000 feet if it were law. Is Rep. King one who believes that deranged or criminally minded people obey written laws?
So where is the leadership? America wants somebody who will "stand like a rock". While the Chicken Littles, like Rep. Peter King are running around reacting insanely, now is the time for a leader to step forward and restore calm and cerebral debate.
The last great leader this country had can be found in Ronald Reagan. Here are a few of his quotes that show us how carefully chosen words can restore the hopes and dreams of the people, keeping us on course and preserving our God-given rights as free people.
1. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
2. Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
3. Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
4. Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
5. I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
6. I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.
7. Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
8. There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
9. To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.
10. We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.