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  •  I partially agree (5+ / 0-)
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    exlrrp, Ishmaelbychoice, elwior, HiKa, GwenM

    Obviously it would be good for any leader to use their leadership position to bring about the changes they believe in and which they were elected to enact, rather than hanging back waiting for people to push him or her to do so.

    But on another level a good leader is also someone who actually listens to what the people want from him or her, and who acknowledges that they won't always get it right on their own all of the time. I prefer that type of leader to someone so arrogant that they refuse to listen to and respond to what people actually want. Then there is the implicit call to action in "make me do it". Sometimes it takes a big push from behind to overcome resistance that even the President can't overcome on his or her own.

    •  I understand what youre saying (4+ / 0-)
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      But I personally think "Make Me Do it! is an abdication of leadership.  Sure there may be good political reasons to do it that way but I don' consider making political moves to be leadership

      I want a leader that sees problems, formulates a plan and does something about it. "Make me do it" doesn't  fit in that spectrum at all.
      I've had to accept that Obama just doesn't lead much from the front on things. that's been a disappointment

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 04:08:42 PM PST

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      •  BTW (2+ / 0-)
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        "Make me do it" was originally FDR's line

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 04:11:33 PM PST

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      •   "Make me do it" fits in perfectly with political (2+ / 0-)
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        reality.

        We have, per the Constitution, a "weak" executive branch, designed to be almost exactly in balance with the judicial and the congressional branches.

        Sometimes, the President simply can't "do something about it" without  concessions from Congress. He needs some leverage. A whale of a lot of voters screaming--or emailing- "We want this and if we don't get it we're going to be mad at everyone!" is damn good leverage, especially in an election year.

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 06:19:38 PM PST

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        •  he can still lead (0+ / 0-)
          lead   [leed] 1)to go before  or with to show the way; conduct or escort: to lead a group on a cross-country hike.
          lead·er·ship  [lee-der-ship]
          1.
          the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition.  Synonyms: administration, management, directorship, control, governorship, stewardship, hegemony.
          Sometimes, the President simply can't "do something about it"
          Sure he can---he can ALWAYS use that bully pulpit that none of the other branches of government have. he can get out front of an issue.
          how does he get that leverage from the people? By doing exactly what I just said: getting out ahead of the issue, explaining to and inspiring the public, working up support for his views, pounding the podium, showing a little passion for what he's doing.

          Now how many times have we seen him doing this?
          according to your comment above, Obama is being led by the people he was elected to lead. What you're talking about is an administrator

          Happy just to be alive

          by exlrrp on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:14:00 AM PST

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          •  No, he's being helped by the people. (0+ / 0-)

            No bully pulpit for the rest of the politicians? Are you crazy?  

            Teddy pretty much had the press to himself. Obama has to share the press with Bachmann, Christie, Paul, Cruz, plus Billo, Beck, Rush, the politician who thinks wind is finite "and if we use it all up, then we won't have any wind left!" and the rest of the crazies. Oh, and Justin Whatshisname.

            Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

            by Sirenus on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 05:19:51 PM PST

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