Archive for June, 2010

The Tea Party

June 28, 2010

Constitution of the United States of America

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I’m interested to know, what would “Pluribus”  and “Cato” think of all of this chatter?

Are the folks who attach themselves to the Tea Party as Constitutionalists running on a Federalist or Republican platform based upon the true intent of the framers?

Do we have such an amazing fascination with the framers that we forget that there was intense debate amongst those men as well? 

I’m currently in the middle of The Federalist Papers to remind me of one half of the political philosophy of the time.  I recommend each of us take the time to refresh ourselves with American history….


What is leadership?

June 19, 2010

Paris-Roubaix 2007 - The leaders

I’m looking for an answer. 

I have read countless books and listened to hundreds of audio tapes on the subject.  I’m interested to hear others’ thoughts on the subject.

Is it about influence?

It is the position you hold?

Is it about how much you can get others to do?

It is about how far you can lead others to develop themselves?

Is it about the quality of your influence?

Obama’s Katrina

June 19, 2010

Biloxi, Ms., September 28, 2005 -- Vice Admira...

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I have an hour commute every day.  I have the pleasure of listening to America Left and America Right in the morning and night respectively to gain a balanced perspective on current events.  I read the Wall Street Journal on a daily basis.

It never ceases to amaze me that all of these media outlets propagate the problem of placing blame when anything goes awry.  Why has the focus of the news media, the administration, the companies involved been on who is at fault? 
Why hasn’t the focus and attention been on how to identify the issue at hand and resolve. 

Adm. Thad Allen, an amazingly intelligent man and great leader, can do only as much as the political wonks allow him.  Infighting between local, state, and federal entities matched with the placing of blame on a foreign company has taken this disaster recovery and fed it to the birds.  We are satisfied with oil belching in to the Gulf?  We are more focused on ensuring that BP PAYS the CASH out than saving the thousands of species that are and will be completely decimated by this event. 

Where is our illustrious President when it comes to cleaning the birds?  He’s out making speeches on how BP will pay for the recovery, NOT on getting more people down there to assist in the clean up operations and how to stop that hole from causing more damage.