When you are the leader of the (free) world you cannot afford to take a decade off. The world cannot afford it. In looking over the leadership void we have experienced in this country and in the world over the past eight years, the struggle and chaos that society has begun to slip into is sadly no surprise. Our federal government has voted “present” for the last eight years. That “kick the can” down the road approach has been embraced from the White House down through both houses in Congress. This chaos stemming from their failed policies has led to the actual creation of ISIS, uncontrolled debt, porous borders, and racial tension on a level we haven’t had in nearly 50 years. In the Middle East, through mismanagement and a mind numbing habit of replicating the failed exit strategy leading to the fall of Saigon, we have seen the entire section of the world devolve into a blood bath.
We have fallen into a destructive pattern since the end of World War II: Our military deploys and does their job, wins battles, and then our politicians— sitting back in safety in their plush offices — wring their hands together and dream up ways for us to lose the overall engagement. Hearts and minds, right guys? Well the problem with the battles we are facing today is that winning hearts and minds isn’t going to cut it…not by a long shot. We need to reestablish order in this chaotic world and the only way to achieve that is through strong and clear leadership. When Isis began rearing its evil head and actually beheading innocent civilians our response was, ”Isis is the JV” and “We don’t yet have a clear strategy to deal with them.” We’re not asking for a “Day of Infamy” speech or a “Tear Down This Wall” moment, but can we please at least act like we know what we are doing?
To say it has been amateur hour in our federal government lately would be an understatement. Congress passed legislation that’s over 2000 pages long and openly admitted to not even reading all of it. Unfortunately, seeing that there are parts in that federal law that could land a citizen in jail, you had better acknowledge your gross negligence and admit your legislative overstepping, and fix it. Look at our border issues. Any time the argument regarding the protection of our national sovereignty comes into the conversation, the bobble heads on both sides of the aisle are quick to play every race card/ cheap labor/jobs over seas argument they can cram into a sound bite without just saying, “Yes we made an agreement 30 years ago to handle this and we have been negligent…sorry…our bad…we should probably address it.” Every argument has been funneled into its maximum acrimonious state by our leaders and those in the media who seem to prefer a weakened sectionalized United States as opposed to a more united state.
Through the leadership void we have not only made the world more dangerous overseas, but also we have done it here, within our own borders. When a situation occurs that in any way can be skewed as racism or inequality, we blow it up. A man locks his keys out of his house and then is antagonistic to a police officer who has been called to the scene…the race baiters think they should play it up as “we shall overcome” all over again. How about take a moment and let the officer get an understanding of the situation before you start casting yourself as Rodney King in your own self made drama. But don’t worry, either way Obama will still weigh in based on no factual information and invite you to the White House.
Sadly, we are living in dangerous times mostly made by our own unwillingness to make the tough decisions — the ones that don’t play well in our sound bite, media teasing, drive-by world. Dealing with terrorism is not a new thing; the new thing is how much we are not dealing with it. The pervasive mentality of keep “it” over there...wherever ‘there” is, isn’t working anymore. It is here. Domestic strife is here. The fracturing of our union is here. Our sovereignty on so many levels is hanging in the balance. Our ability to continue on with some semblance of cohesiveness is no longer a foregone conclusion. This leadership void has to end. The world needs order. It craves civil parameters. And as history should have taught us, ”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”