The only principle Mitt Romney has is that he likes any principle which will help him to get elected.
John C. Maxwell quotes (American Entrepreneur, Author and motivational speaker): “Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.”
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
Warren Bennis: Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing.
Hubert Humphrey, "Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table."
I think leadership qualities apply to countries. Even ours.
I think we horses are more qualified to be President than Mitt Romney. We have very few convictions and we don't change them. He has tons of convictions - all interchangeable.
President Obama had an incredibly efficient and productive email fund-raising campaign for his 2008 election. As a contributor and supporter of Barak Obama in that election, I am now on the campaign's 2012 email lists. I receive almost daily requests for dollars, requests to host or attend campaign events in my neighborhood. I imagine a sizeable proportion of my readership gets similar emails. I suggest that if you get an email solicitation, you do one of the following:
If you believe President Obama is doing a grand job, hit "Reply" and enter "I am delighted to support your campaign. You are the President I hoped for. You are the pragmatist and conciliator that you promised to be. I know you haven't accomplished all you and I would have liked, but those Republicans are real obstructionists, and I know you are a good person and working hard.
If you believe the man you supported in 2007 has truly let you down, hit "Reply " and type something like, "President Obama I wish I could support you in your campaign for President, but until you have the courage to fulfill the promises you made that encouraged me to support your campaign for your first term, I cannot in good conscience send you any funds, host any events, or work for your campaign. When I see you act like the progressive and courageous President you promised to be, when I see you repeal those tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, when I see you go after those Wall Street crooks, when I see you keep your word about off shore oil drilling and you enforce tough environmental standards, then, and only then, will I send in the bucks and personally work to help in your campaign. (If you are in the third category… the list of wants may be a lot longer)
As for me, I will let my readers guess what I type, when I hit, "Reply."
This is a list of achievements of President Obama that a friend emailed to me last December. (And of course there have been more in the past several months.) I have decided to share it with Democracy in Action in the interest of having a balanced blog.
We are all well aware of the President's shortcomings. We are disappointed that he has not stood up much more forcefully to the Republicans (although my personal view is that this may prove to be a shrewd political strategy). But we need to remind ourselves of the positives as well as the negatives.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.....Lucius Seneca
I, like so many others, gave time, money and heart to get President Obama elected. Regrettably, I have been greatly disappointed. It is not due to his lack of legislative accomplishment. Given the contentious and intransigent opposition faced, I sincerely believe he has been adept at getting some good legislation passed.
But, I have been waiting to see his moment of courage. From my friends, I hear that he is pragmatic; he has always been in the middle; he is a man of compromise. In most situations being pragmatic and a man of compromise is wise. If you have a crowded room and more guests come than there are seats, you compromise; you are pragmatic; you let a few people in, and ask some to stand. But, if the same situation applies to a crowded lifeboat, being pragmatic and compromising is not a viable solution. Our lifeboat is full.
Pragmatism involves choosing an action with the least risk ; this usually makes sense. An empty building is burning; stand outside; call the fire dept and let it burn. If your child is in the building the choice of action involves a tougher question, and you don't always chose the pragmatic action of waiting for the fire engines to pull up. Our building is burning, and little Johnny is screaming for help.
Then there is the issue of honesty. I have been through almost 50 years of elections yet I remain naive enough to believe that the overall theme of a candidate's doable promises should be kept. To not keep doable, significant promises simply equates to lying.
In Madison, Wisconsin the labor movement is at risk of being obliterated by the GOP. Our President says a few words of support at the beginning of the crisis and now, not a word. His press secretary answers the question of whether the President will get involved with a non-answer. Political pundits say the President is waiting to see how the public of Wisconsin poll. Wisconsin will be critical in 2012.... He is just being pragmatic.
For those who have not seen President Obama's 2007 stump speech in Spartanburg, I ask you to click
You will see our President issue unequivocal words of support for the labor movement of our country.
I ask my Obamapologist friends: Do our unions not deserve a few word of support from our President? Perhaps, he chooses not to "walk the picket line" but how much courage does it show to ignore the situtation? Yes, showing support might have negative consequences. But acting in the face of risk is what courage is.
All I have seen out of this President is pragmatism. I hopefully await courage and honesty. Hopefully, by the time you read this blog entry, it is no longer relevant because Barak Obama did the courageous thing.