Lessons on Leadership From Obama’s ‘Operation Martha’s Vineyard’

While I am convinced that the Federal Government is a lost cause at this point I am also a big advocate to continue paying attention to what is happening at that level since it provides significant opportunities for learning from some very bad actors. This week was a very good example of that. And the best example of horrendous Leadership was none other than the current President.

A significant portion of a Political Leaders job is words, imagery, and symbolism. But the job must also be followed up with deeds. This week provided a tragic example of how far we as a nation have strayed from the principle of needing Moral and Virtuous Leaders to maintain our Republic.

Let’s set the stage for the President this week. He spent 3 FULL days of the Presidents limited time on a Summit targeted at meeting with the leaders from Africa to discuss ways the United States could ‘support’ their development. This included all areas such as economics, security, and health.

The very next day he spends less than 20 minutes signing the VA Bill to ‘fix the problems’ that have come to light about the atrocious treatment his administration has been providing for them.

Then over the course of the next two days he provided two different statements and press conferences on what I heard one commentator term ‘Operation Martha’s Vineyard’. His response to the rise of ISIS and the slaughter of ten’s of thousands of innocent Christians.

So what does the symbolism of the first three days tell the American public? First and foremost that the problems of foreign Dictators are incredibly more important than the concerns of the American public or the military veterans. On all fronts the President showed far more concern and deference for foreign Dictators. He provided lavish formal state dinners in their honor, spent significant time listening to their concerns, spent significant time telling the world what he would do for them which really amounted to taking American citizens tax dollars and re-distributing to them.

Then move to the VA Bill to fix the problems his administration promised to fix when he ran for election for his first term. There were no photo op’s with Veterans who he had ignored. No meetings with families of Veterans who had died due to his negligence. Only a brief signing ceremony that culminated in a statement that talked about how much he had already done for veterans and this wasn’t really his fault. So symbolically what does that show about his real concern for the very people that provide the safety and security of our very way of life?

Lastly, the statements on ‘Operation Martha’s Vineyard’. He created the conditions for the slaughter of thousands of Christians by his incompetent foreign policy. So his reaction is very telling. Most of his statement centers on blaming the deaths on Bush, the Iraqi government, and the Iraqi military. Then he says something very telling and repeated it frequently. There will be no American boots on the ground. One must ask themselves who is his intended audience for this repetitive phrase. Clearly he has no regard for the concerns of the American public. So then who? I believe the phrase is intended for the Muslim world. He clearly sympathizes with their barbaric claims of jihad spurred supposedly by our foreign ‘boots on the ground’ of the land of the Muslims. So in the end his statement is intended to reassure the Muslim world that he has no intention of any meaningful intervention to the slaughter of Christians.

In the end we have little control over the Foreign Policy of this criminally incompetent administration but we can learn from the tragedy.

First, it is incumbent on us all to completely educate ourselves to what is going on around us. That means downloading and reading the actual words of politicians. Don’t rely on the media to tell you what they want you to hear. Then ask critical questions about the words. Who is the intended audience? What is the historical context of the words, phrases, and people mentioned? Are the words only symbolic or do the deeds match the words?

Second, when given the chance to question our elected public servants no longer accept the sound bites or clever phrases. Make them answer the hard questions. When they can’t or won’t make it public that their words don’t match their deeds.

To take this to a closer to home issue, I recommend looking at what the State and Local officials are saying vs doing on the border security issues. There are patriots such as Dale and Mary Huls and Dwayne Stovall holding their feet to the fire but they need re-enforcements. And all too often what I hear is apologists. Defending the governor or legislatures in-action and following it up with what do you want them to do. In the end it is simple we want them to uphold their Oath and defend our Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. If they cannot or will not find a way to actually do that then step aside and let someone else who will take the job.

There is also one last part to this citizen participation…..Pray.

God Bless America and Israel,
Jim Logan
Pearland TEA Party Board

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