Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lee Iacocca: Where have all of the Leaders Gone? Part 2

That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a call to action for people who, like me, believe in America. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the horseshit and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had enough.

Shake off the horseshit? But, Mr. Iacocca, it has been layered onto us thickly for more than 6 years already. We've been accustomed to it and, besides, it takes work, time, and frankly, some rocking of the boat; most Americans don't like to rock the boat. Of course, many don't understand that the boat s already sinking.

Let's tell 'em all we've had enough. OK, lets do that, but who are 'them?' Surely you don't mean that we should address our Congressmen and women? After all, they are major players in the problem scenario. They voted for the war and continue to fund it. They are the ones who will not consider universal health care. They are the ones who will not act to limit outsourcing of jobs as well as imports from China. They are the ones who vote for tax cuts for the wealthy. They are the ones who only meet for 98 days a year, yet fritter away their valuable time on silly things like gay marriage and flag burning.

We've tried 'them.' They are an exclusive club whose main interest is winning the next election. There aren't enough good ones to dilute the corruption and it will take too many years to replace the bad ones. By then, our ship will be sunk completely.

What's wrong with another American Revolution? After all, it has been over 230 years since we've had one. I'm in favor of another one, hopefully bloodless. We surround the Capitol and the White house and demand that they leave. We'd give them 24 hours to pack up and wildly cheer as they got into their limos and drove away.

Could it hurt? Iacocca had the idea that we suspend Congress for one year and have all 535 of them gather for a conference to discuss and defend all of the legislation it had passed the previous year. He argues that this has 2 advantages: 1. they will look at what they have done to us and 2. they will not be able to pass any legislation during this time.

Great idea, but that will not stop 'them.' They will make a mockery of all of this and will quickly return to their old ways when they get back to their 'job.'

We've given them enough chances; they have let us down time and again. No more 2nd or 3rd chances. Bush, Cheney and Rice, too. They have to go: ALL of them.

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