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Often we need to be reminded of Iacocca’s words ( ** )

Iacocca’s Political Thoughts

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its
death throes?  He’s now 82 years old and has a new book, ‘Where Have
All The Leaders Gone?’.
 Lee Iacocca Says:
 ‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening?
Where is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming
bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of tax cheating  clueless leftists trying
to steer our ship of state right over a  cliff, we’ve got corporate
gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even run a ridiculous
cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers’ money,
much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around
and nods their heads when the politicians say, ‘trust me, the economy is
getting better.. .’ Better? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America,
not the damned ‘Titanic’.  I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the
Democrats out, along with Obama!’
You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have.
But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore..
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in
handcuffs.. While we’re fiddling in Afghanistan, Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to 
know what to do.  And the liberal press is waving ‘pom-poms’ instead of
asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of the  ‘ America ‘ my parents and yours traveled
across the ocean for.  I’ve had enough. How about you?
 I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not
outraged.  This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The Biggest ‘C’
is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C’s of leadership, with crisis being the
Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis.  It’s easy
to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory.  Or send someone
else’s kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield
yourself.  It’s another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in
our history.  We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. 
A hell of a mess, so here’s where we stand.
We’re immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.. 
But our soldiers are dying daily.
We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it’s getting
worse every day!
We’ve lost the manufacturing edge to Asia,
while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are going to sky rock again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to
open drilling to solve the problem.  This country has the largest oil
reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have
been bought by the flea-hugging environmentalists.
Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers’ union.
Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegal’s amnesty and
free healthcare.
The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.

These are times that cry out for leadership.
But when you look around, you’ve got to ask: ‘Where have all the leaders gone?’  
Where are the curious, creative communicators?   Where are the people
of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and  common
sense?   I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us
take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know
how to do is react to things that have already happened.
Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it
better for them.  Now, that’s just crazy… Deal with life.
Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore
our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there
could ever be a time when ‘The Big Three’ referred to Japanese car
companies?  How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did
about it!
Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt,
or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care  problem. The
silence is deafening. But these are the crises that  are eating away at
our country and milking the middle class  dry.
I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress.  We didn’t elect you to turn this country into a
losing European Socialist state.  What is everybody so afraid
of?   That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a
name?   Give me a break.   Why don’t you guys show some
spine for a change?
Had Enough?   Hey, I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom
here.  I’m trying to light a fire.  I’m speaking out because I
have hope – I believe in America.
In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of living through some of America’s
greatest moments.  I’ve also experienced some of our worst crises: The
‘Great  Depression,’ ‘World War  II,’ the ‘Korean War,’ the 
‘Kennedy Assassination,’ the ‘Vietnam War,’ the 1970’s oil crisis, and the
struggles of recent years since 9/11.
Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about.
It’s our country, folks, and it’s our future. Our future is at stake!    




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