Right Wing Fighter

Category: Leadership

What is Leadership?

I clicked on the radio for a few seconds earlier and caught a bit of the Republican convention that’s going on in Cleveland right now.

Some woman, I didn’t catch her name, said that America isn’t leading right now. That there’s a void in the world, and that we need leadership.

This has been Republican boilerplate for the past six years now. At almost every media appearance in which they need to attack Obama, they always attack him over “leadership.” They never define what actual leadership is. They don’t actually know what leadership is. Thus they just wave it around like a totem that will cure all ills.

So, what is leadership? I’ll tell you.

A leader is a man that gets his people from point A to point B. Basically he’s a shepherd. His job is to get his followers over the rocks, across the rivers, and around the bends. In short, he is a navigator with executive powers.

Now, the Republicans, to a man, are attached to the idea that life consists of going after what you want. There are no goals that transcend your personal sphere. There is simply what you want. You can have goals. But there can be no corporate goals. That is, there can be no group goals.

Now, a nation is a group, per se. It is a collection of people. If a political party doesn’t believe in group goals, it cannot lead a group, because there is no where that the group can go. To the Republican party, there is no point B: there is simply what you personally want.

That’s why they blather about leadership. It’s just blather, because they don’t actually believe in it. They don’t believe leadership actually exists, because they don’t believe in anything beyond individual wants. They don’t believe in anything transcendent.

Now, the reason groups need leaders is because the ability to see beyond one’s own circumstances is rare. Most people can run their own ships. But to manage an entire fleet requires powers that only a handful of people have. As such, a group cannot lead itself. It requires a man that can see beyond his own life and circumstances.

That is something the GOP cannot provide. It’s loaded with self-seekers and muddle-headed people who think that blathering about individual responsibility will fill the leadership void. Thus they need a leader, like Trump, to descend from the ether and take the reins. Without him, they’d be just as lost as ever.

 

Joni Ernst Essentially Turns Down VP

From, ahem, Politico:

“I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa. I feel that I have a lot more to do in the United States Senate. And Iowa is where my heart is,” Ernst said Wednesday. “I’m just getting started here. I have a great partner with Chuck Grassley, we’ve been able to accomplish a lot. And I think that President Trump will need some great assistance in the United States Senate and I can provide that.”

Good.

Ernst, contrary some silly people, is not a good person for VP. She’s essentially an establishmentarian. Anyone that has a great partnership with Chuch Grassley isn’t good for the country as VP.

Besides, I’m tired of her “mamma grizzly” nonsense. It started with Palin and Ernst has sort of adopted it. Surprisingly, many men have too. They have this bizarre liking for “strong” women, which just comes out to pushy women. Ernst is neither intelligent nor a good leader. Women generally aren’t good leaders. They aren’t made that way. As such, a “strong” woman is just a woman who shoves herself into the conversation.

I’m glad to see Ernst has taken herself out of consideration.

To explain my thinking a bit:

A leader is someone that can see what should be done. He is someone that knows how the world turns.

Imagine the world as a merry-go-round. We have to jump onto it or jump off of it as circumstances dictate. Now, a man that knows when and how to jump onto it can lead. But someone that doesn’t know and yet still wants to lead is just pushy.

Life, to many people, is chaos. It’s a swirling mass of thing going by too fast and with too little detail to be understood. As such, they follow leaders. Leaders are men who can see how the world is, and who have the strength to act on it.

Now, there are some people that want to be leaders, but who lack that critical ability to see. As such, they are just ignoramuses that are trying to push themselves to the top. We call them blowhards, egotists, and more impolite things. The reason is because we all know and feel the need for someone that can see. As such, we hate counterfeiters. We hate people that shove themselves into the conversation without anything to give. They’re just there because they like the laurels that leaders get.

History is full of men that didn’t see but wanted to be leaders anyhow. The earth is full of the graves of their followers.

There are also many men who did see. Take for instance George Washington, Bismarck, Churchill, Reagan. These men are rightly celebrated. One because they deserve it. But two because, by holding the real thing in front of our eyes constantly, we have a strong sense of what isn’t the real thing. People like Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Mitch McConnell: these are all pretenders. They all want to lead, because they like the rewards. But they don’t have the critical vision necessary to lead. They are blind leading the blind.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with being blind. But a blind man shouldn’t try to lead. That’s why our politics is so frustrating in America: the few people who aren’t simply bought and paid for have no idea what they’re doing. They aren’t in politics because they know what to do and they’re there to do it. No. They’re there for the laurels. They usually end up complete, frustrating failures.

So that is why I don’t like Ernst. She’s a pushy, headstrong woman that wants to lead, but hasn’t the critical ability to see. As such, she’s no use to America as a politician.