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Where Are The Leaders?

As a new year begins, the media always expends a good bit of ink and airtime reviewing who won and who lost the previous year – and there’s no doubt that because Mitt Romney blew his campaign for President by running a content-free campaign, establishment Republicans were the big losers of 2012.

However, for a different reason, conservatives didn’t fare so well either.

Gov. Scott WalkerWith substantial numbers of Americans backing conservative positions on the growth of government, balancing the budget and traditional values, it seemed like we entered 2012 lacking only one thing: leadership.

Many conservatives hoped that the 2012 election cycle would bring forth such a leader – it didn’t.

And let’s face it, to advance any great endeavor -- be it political, religious, business, social, etc. -- effective leaders are necessary.

Yes, we need more money, more conservative organizations, more conservative publications and websites, more TV and talk radio... but those things always come if we have great and effective leadership in the conservative movement.

During my 50-plus years of involvement in the conservative movement at the national level, we have been blessed to have a number of great leaders to help us advance our cause.

Men and women of great principle, integrity and intelligence such as William F. Buckley, Jr., William Rusher, Phyllis Schlafly, Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and others gave our movement the leadership that it needed to grow and advance our ideas.

However, over the past 50 years, the conservative movement didn’t grow in a vacuum where our leaders were the only voices in the public square. America had leadership in virtually every walk of life.

Through their writing and teaching, W. Edwards Deming, and “In Search of Excellence” authors Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr. provided the intellectual leadership to encourage a culture of excellence and achievement in American business.

Sam Walton created the world’s largest private employer with the philosophy that, “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”

The left also had leaders of principle and personal integrity, such as labor leaders George Meany and Walter Reuther, who opposed communism and corruption with equal fervor.

Where are those kinds of leaders today?

When I look around at the conservative movement -- and indeed American society in general -- it seems to me that our greatest need is for leaders of integrity and principle. These are men and women who will put the good of the country before the next newspaper headline or next quarter’s results.

Unfortunately, it looks like we conservatives ended 2012 the same way we began – without that kind of leadership. Or have we?

Yes, the conservative presidential candidates were carpet-bombed into oblivion by a candidate who we now find out from his son didn’t even want to be President.

However, the 2012 election did bring three new principled small government constitutional conservatives into the United States Senate: Ted Cruz of Texas, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

2012 brought Catholic and Protestant religious leaders, however reluctantly, off the sidelines and into the battle against the abortion and contraception mandate in Obamacare.

2012 also brought business leaders, such as Papa John’s Pizza CEO John Schnatter forward to tell it like it is about the cost of Obamacare.

2012 also forced leadership on four conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives -- Representatives Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash, Walter Jones and David Schweikert -- who were all ousted from their Committee posts because they voted and spoke against Speaker Boehner’s constant abandonment of conservative principles.

We can’t say that we don’t have ANY leaders... we just don’t have enough.

What we need are more business leaders like Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy and his father S. Truett Cathy, who built a successful business following Christian principles, such as not being open on Sunday, and who have the integrity to support and encourage the Biblical definition of marriage even in the face of liberal attempts to wreck their business.

We need more principled Christian business leaders like David Green of Hobby Lobby, who in the wake of the Obamacare abortion mandate, announced that he would sue the government in an attempt to void the mandate on the grounds of religious belief and freedom of conscience.

We need more church leaders like Bishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas who instructed former Kansas Governor, now U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sibelius not to go to the communion rail because of her public support for abortion and her opposition to pro-life legislation.

We need more elected officials like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who put himself on the side of Wisconsin’s hard-pressed taxpayers and faced down a year-long effort by the left to not just defeat his ideas, but to destroy him personally.

When Ronald Reagan was a Democrat and head of the screen actors union, no one could have foreseen that one day he would be elected President as a Republican. Sure, you need certain raw materials – such as intelligence and integrity – but most leaders aren’t born, they grow into the role, sometimes slowly, sometimes reluctantly, and sometimes because history thrusts the job upon them.

As we start a new year, we conservatives should make one resolution to put at the top of our list: to cultivate more leaders of intelligence, integrity and principles, not just in politics, but in every walk of life.

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Republican Groundhog Day

I don't think there is anything the republican party is willing to do. We were told that Romney was the only person who could win and even running a content free and lie filled campaign he lost because he like the rest of the republicans in congress they are more concerned with being popular than doing what needs to be done to get this country moving. If the government comes to halt, then it comes to a halt, republicans will be blamed no matter what so just do what needs to be done and forget the public. # 2. These so-called conservatives who continue to support the same people who they complain do nothing in congress need to man-up and start holding people accountable. Anyone voting to increase the debt limit without corresponding cuts should not speak at CPAC or be booed off the stage if they try. Conservatives have got to stomp complaining and start doing what needs to be done to get things going otherwise this really is the end of the country as we know it.




Conservative Leadership

What about the great Ron Paul?  The greatest American of my lifetime, and a tireless leader for true conservative principles?  The fact that the Republican Establishment went all out to crush his candidacy for President speaks volumes.

We had the leader of a lifetime...

Ron Paul was the most consistently conservative Congressman in a century, but the current NeoCon leadership team was afraid of real conservatism, so they did everything in their power to marginalize him before he could put some common sense back into the system. Ron Paul got close to beating Romney anyway, despite all the establishment cheating (all documented on video), so they had to literally change the rules at the last minute at the convention so Ron Paul didn't have a chance to speak. If instead of fighting against Ron Paul the Republicans had embraced him, we would now own the whitehouse and we'd be on our way to balancing the budget and fixing the country. Instead we got Romney as the nominee and lost embarrassingly.
If Romney *had* actually won, I could see him pushing gun control the same way Obama is, because that's exactly what Romney did when he was governor of Massachusetts, so it almost doesn't matter if Romney beat Obama because they were so similar, but we missed a great opportunity for change with Ron Paul...

Hopefully people are smarter in 2016 and support Rand Paul instead of whichever moderate NeoCon the establishment tries to nominate. Rubio? Christy? Paul Ryan? All fake conservatives!

More conservative leaders

The main problem with leadership  is that it entails far too much political Crap. Our last real leaders were early on in our histoey.  Ronald Reagan was the one real exception.  Hoover was a concened leader but the politics of FDR did him in. Rosevelt blamed the 1929 Stock market crash on Hoover which was and is a wagon load of BS. Mike Mansfield and Burton K Wheeler were leaders but were on the wrong side of the political fence.I am of the considered opinion that it is far past time America looked to our females for some real leadership. Michele Bachmann has shown solid leadership but has been maligned for telling the truth. By and large the women stick to business, males stick to looking for playmates. We are in dire need of ONE member of Congress to take that first step and drop articles of Impeachment in the Hopper. Or better yet, file an indictement for Treason against Obama in a superior court. Failure to use your best tools is unforgiveable; for that reason Boehner will be forever remebered for his foootsy games with the great imposter, Obama. Leaders lead, BS artists talk the talk but are unable to walk the walk. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and others are all talk. Reid is ripe for the plucking as is Durbin, Holder, Napolitano and Biden. The pot needs stirring. 

"Where are those kinds of

"Where are those kinds of leaders today?" Horse before the cart. 'those kinds' are squashed in their asperations before they become 'leaderrs', by the present leaders, whom are not "those kinds".

Woe the day the League of Women Voters lost control to the two party National Committees.