Loser leaders

World deserves better from people in charge

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Will Rogers and Mark Twain were legendary for scathing, cutting reviews of this
nation’s leaders.


“There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress,” Twain is oft-quoted.

“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer,” Rogers added.

Their cynicism is even more warranted today than it was in their time. Congress is running this country into the ground financially and politically – members can’t even agree to pay the oversized bills they run up.

A poll earlier this year showed Americans have less regard for Congress than they do for lice, colonoscopies, root canals and traffic jams.

Gallup last month said a scant 18 percent of Americans approve of the way the country is being governed – the worst rating since Gallup began asking the question in 1971, and worse than during any scandal in all those intervening years.

Examples of horrid leadership abound across the continent, though. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is serving a 28-year sentence for bribery, fraud and extortion. Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner recently resigned after less than a year in office, after multiple allegations of sexual harassment; he was criminally convicted and sentenced to three months’ house arrest, and, in return for getting rid of him, the city has agreed to incur the costs of defending him in civil court.

Up north in Canada, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, after denying video evidence and ducking questions for months, admitted this past week that he smoked crack cocaine a year ago – but only while in a “drunken stupor.” Whew! That’s a relief!

Like Filner, and like the raunchy and scandalized former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, and like so many other awful excuses for public leaders, Ford planned to cling to power like a koala clings to Eucalyptus trees. They pretty much all do. They’ve got scrapings of power and privilege under their nails.

But truth be told, North America is an oasis of great leadership when compared to most of the world. We’ve got some 7 billion people on the planet, and the vast majority of them live under tyranny, corruption and despotism – while the rest of us get more of it than we’d like. In some cases, such as in Syria, authoritarianism is just the family business.

In North Korea, the people starve while North Korean “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un parties with basketball star Dennis Rodman and plays shade-tree mechanic with nuclear weapons. In Iran, the people are made to suffer under righteous and necessary international sanctions while their leaders joyously pursue the apocalypse.

It all makes you wonder: When is the human race going to get together and demand better?

It occurs to us that many state and local officials in this country receive some training when they take office – new judges, for instance. There are confabs for city and county commissions and the like. Where is the training for world leaders? Or are we to conclude no particular instructions are necessary to run a country?

In the foreword to his book Are We Good Enough for Liberty?, Foundation for Economic Education President Lawrence W. Reed writes, “character makes all the difference in the world.”

Literally.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/13 - 05:33 am
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Our Cold War

The low opinion of Congress is deceiving. When Americans are polled they rate Congress as a whole poorly, but when asked about THEIR Congressman, they rate him-her highly (What an unsettling thought considering John Barrow represents Augusta). I’d also lengthen the idea that people admire THEIR side in Congress and abhor the other. Realize we are in the midst of a cold civil war with conservatives and leftists.

The results of this civil war are not always pretty and people associate blame with the most visible battle site…Congress. There is lots of hate being thrown around like opposing armies dug in trenches, shouting insults at each other. We long for the old and civilized days when we weren’t at war, but, as with most wars, one side is going to prevail before we see an armistice and a return to tolerable behavior.

For the record put me on the side that wants to shake the koalas out of the Eucalyptus trees, wants to foul Kim Jong-un in a pick-up basketball game so hard he won’t get up and wants to help Iran’s leaders find their apocalypse in a hurry. Which one does that sound like to you?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/10/13 - 08:00 am
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Duels in the past history

Why not save some tax dollars & just go back to that....it worked, didn't it?

david jennings
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david jennings 11/10/13 - 08:19 am
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God help us

God still works, I haven't noticed any of our leaders pushing that idea lately. I believe John Kennedy said, this country has God and the U.S. soldier to thank for our freedom. I trust God before any of the so called men holding office now.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 11/10/13 - 08:20 am
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so sad

Part of the conservative mentality is to moan and groan. Everything is awful. It's all bad. We're going to pot. Etc. Actually, the corruptions are nothing new, and our system of government has enough checks and balances to deal with things like that. If you had more faith in our people and our Constitution, you would never write editorials like this. Our system of government has worked for over 200 years, through many trials, and it will continue to work. Yes, there are some inept people in Congress and, yes, the poorly educated Tea Party wing is unwilling to pay the basic costs of running our country, but, nevertheless, our country is going to do just fine. Have a great day. Be concerned and motivated yes, but quit with the doom and gloom stuff. That kind of habitual pessimism only leads to panicky public policies, not to mention an early trip to the CCU. Enjoy the lovely weather, and quit worrying so much.

KSL
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KSL 11/10/13 - 08:51 am
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What on earth is wrong with

What on earth is wrong with wanting to cut waste and trim the bloated government?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 09:18 am
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Marx & Engels--make a mockery of the legal system. On the list.
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Marx & Engels--make a mockery of the legal system. On the list.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/10/13 - 09:18 am
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As long American Voters

Feel all the other states elected officials are the problem, and not theirs.
America will have a Congress that does not listen.

Whether you are Lib, Conserv, Dem, Rino, Libertarian, or TEA.
you have to admit the Mid 1990's massive turnover got congresses
attention.

This type of Wake up call is what it will take to get their attention.

Then some version of term limits, limited 90 day DC sessions and a
mandatory 3 weeks a month the other 9 months a year in their home state talking to the VOTERS, not just donors.

That is what is needed to KEEP their attention.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 09:19 am
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Marx & Engels--hold elected leaders up for ridicule & shame.
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Marx & Engels--hold elected leaders up for ridicule & shame.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 09:21 am
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The Wake Up Call is the frog, belly up in the boiling water.
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The Wake Up Call is the frog, belly up in the boiling water.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 09:26 am
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Those wanting to make laws cannot abide by existing ones.
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Get those signs of of MY public right of ways. It is illegal. Law, you know.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 09:27 am
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Illegally placed political signs say it all about U & Allen.
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Illegally placed political signs say it all about U & Allen.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 09:29 am
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Politicians spend mega $$ to win the lottery of life. Elections
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Politicians spend mega $$ to win the lottery of life. Elections

avidreader
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avidreader 11/10/13 - 09:41 am
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Sleep?

Riverman, I would find it interesting to know -- Do you ever sleep?

ymnbde
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ymnbde 11/10/13 - 09:51 am
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not so sad yet, if rational people prevail

the conservative mentality is to adhere to truth
and not engage in the mixing and matching of facts and figments
and not go to extremes
and truth is that which conforms to reality
independent of human perception
"everything" isn't awful
but certain practices, such as government controlled health care
could become awful
just like the Civil Rights act
turned into busing
and the Community Reinvestment Act
changed the risk/reward relationship in lenders
and gave us the financial crisis
those are the extremes we wish to avoid

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/10/13 - 10:16 am
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Rheor, I am a very

Rheor, I am a very conservative person and my mental state is to not moan and groan but to work and provide for my family. I do not believe the Tea Party People are uneducated but I do think those with their hand out are and do not care where the money they get comes from ( us, the taxpayer), they want to fund the government but want to do away with all the unfunded mandates and everything that is not needed. And, I will enjoy the day and the weather and do whatever I want to with the money I earned and was not given.

localguy55
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localguy55 11/10/13 - 11:09 am
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Rhetor, when it comes to

Rhetor,
when it comes to commenting on the Tea Party, you don't have a clue.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/10/13 - 12:34 pm
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Rhetor said, 'Yes, there are
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Rhetor said, 'Yes, there are some inept people in Congress and, yes, the poorly educated Tea Party wing is unwilling to pay the basic costs of running our country, but, nevertheless, our country is going to do just fine.'
How anyone that supports the community organizer moron in the Whitehouse can call somebody 'poorly educated'.
Here is a couple of videos of the community organizer's typical supporters.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_JJLLfTR8I

deestafford
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deestafford 11/10/13 - 02:19 pm
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Well, let's see to whom should we compare the education level

of the Tea Party to? The Congressional Black Caucus? The Progressive Caucus? Barbara Boxer? Nancy Pelosi? Patty Murray? Harry Reid? Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? Debbie Wasserman-Shultz? Let just look at all their Phi Beta Kappa keys hanging off their clothing.

deestafford
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deestafford 11/10/13 - 02:48 pm
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Going all the way back to George Washington's tenure we have

always had conflicts among and between the members of Congress. Even leading to caning and duels. The differences between previous times and now is how each side sees the future of the country. The leftists/statists want to turn the country into something it has never been---a socialist welfare, big-government-is-your-daddy country sort of a quasi-Soviet Union. The left is enamored with a centralistic, dictatorial type of country where the government is king, decides what is right for the people and who should have what and how much. To them a level playing field is one in which all outcomes regardless of effort are the same...well, except for the elite ruling class.

On the other side of the battle, and it is a battle, you have the conservatives who believe in the foundation bedrock principles upon which America was Founded: individual responsibility, small limited government and low taxes. A country where people have equal opportunity to chase their dreams and reap the rewards where appropriate and suffer the consequences of failure where appropirate. Individual freedom to succeed and fail without government influence.

Conservatives believe in helping those who can't help themselves and that help coming at the lowest level possible starting at the family, neighbor, church level and going from there. The federal government should be the last, the very last, to give assistance.

When you have those diametrically opposed visions in conflict you have a war and the Republicans need to understand that...the Democrats do.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/13 - 02:46 pm
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Avidreader asked if Riverman Ever Sleeps

Avidreader asked, "Riverman, I would find it interesting to know -- Do you ever sleep?"

Riverman is a conglomerate of people posting under that name. We choose areas we have knowledge of to comment about. The person who made the first comment on this thread is only allowed to post between 4 and 7 AM.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 11/10/13 - 02:53 pm
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GOVERNMENT
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You get the government you deserve. Many Republicans didn't even bother to get off their rear ends and vote in the last election. Obama's brethren got their people out and voted the imposter in chief in for another term. Say what you want but Republicans deserve what we got due to our own lack of passion. People fearing the loss of their freebies did what they had to do. Apathy vs. ignorance = American politics.

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 11/10/13 - 04:08 pm
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Ditch the God-o-philes
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Get rid of all the people who 'talk for gawd' and the sheeple who follow them would be a first step.

People would then have to judge based on results instead of 'beliefs', and the assertion that 'anything is justified in the worship of gawd' would no longer be an excuse for self-destructive behavior or the inhumane.

Given Twain's stance on this issue, I don't think this is far from his recommendations, having actually read his works.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/10/13 - 04:42 pm
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OMG

"Riverman is a conglomerate of people posting under that name."

One of them is kinda smart the others not so much..LOl

faithson
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faithson 11/10/13 - 05:20 pm
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yep seenit, he does resemble

yep seenit, he does resemble that statement. lol

teaparty
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teaparty 11/10/13 - 06:03 pm
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3 more year of the community
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3 more years of the community organizer and this might be us.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/09/venezuela-seizes-sto...

KSL
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KSL 11/10/13 - 06:18 pm
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Well

We all know how much Obam admired Hugo.

KSL
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KSL 11/10/13 - 09:41 pm
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Good Lord

Have ever said people who run for office are perfect?

So he got drunk. Clinton smoked marijuana and pulled ties to not serve in Viet Nam. He also unzipped his pants so much, Hillary moved to Arkansas to keep him reeled in, giving up a chance to practice law elsewhere.

Your precious 0 has his own alledged drug use and other dubious behaviors. Also, it has been proven that he lies. Lying is totally unacceptable.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/10/13 - 10:48 pm
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I guess Rhetor wants an

I guess Rhetor wants an education or IQ test for people to vote too. No one can vote without a college degree. I bet that would go over in the Dem party. hoot man.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 11/10/13 - 10:48 pm
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America.....

....has passed the tipping point....

We are indeed doomed.

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