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  •  Some mojo and a disagree (8+ / 0-)

    True there are some fine people and even some leaders in our world. And I agree that they are not in positions of leadership right now. This leadership vacuum is not confined to our country unfortunately. Why? It is probably the nature of rising through corrupt systems that fail to encourage the best. Considering the system that we use to elect leaders (follow the money) how could we expect to find leaders when the media is stacked against them.

    But even so, one could hope that somehow a leader can rise regardless of the obstacles. It was reading The March of Folly, a book that made me think about the nature of leadership. Tuchman defines the true leaders recorded by history as combination of the highest intelligence, common sense, and the ability to set their personal ambitions and egos aside. Of course they can communicate and thus, they can lead. Tuchman also writes that the world has seen few true leaders because they are rare.

    I suppose General Clark touched on this theme when he was interviewed by Amy Goodman. His answer to one of her questions was that people must be bigger than their job. He explained that Washington is a place of great pressure where people give in and ignore what they know about ethics and morality.

    Do I think that Wes Clark is bigger than his job no matter the job? I think that he holds that concept as part of his personal philosophy; a guide when decisions get tough.

    Personally, I'm not worried about candidates, I'm worried about the country and the country needs a leader right now.  

    Stop Iran War Please add to our collective voice.

    by Donna Z on Sat May 26, 2007 at 07:03:54 PM PDT

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    •  This is precisely why I'm exasperated: (8+ / 0-)

      Do I think that Wes Clark is bigger than his job no matter the job?
      I think that he holds that concept as part of his personal philosophy;
      a guide when decisions get tough.

      I believe he has the capacity to be far greater than just "44".
      He has prepared himself to rank among our best.

      America and the World is in desperate need of a "Great American President"...
      a Lincoln, a Roosevelt, a Washington.

      More than any other candidate, declared or not, I am unequivocally convinced that Wes Clark is prepared to be that President.

      Wes Clark -- The President we were promised as kids.

      by Jimdotz on Sat May 26, 2007 at 08:17:07 PM PDT

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      •  Restoration fo ideals (5+ / 0-)

        Our country, as Wes Clark pointed out in his address at SIAS, has not always lived up to its ideals, but has historically been able to squeek by with its reputatin intact. This time we may have strayed too far.

        Touchman uses Solon as a great leader who was able to chart a new course for his country. He had all of the right stuff. Part of that right stuff was knowing when he had gained fame and the trust of his people, he needed to let go of power and walk away. Leaders want the people to do it for themselves.

        Bringing our country back to our ideals will mean getting ordinary people to do it for themselves. A leader can do that: lift people up. But between charting the course and getting the people to follow will mean spending political capital.

        Who do we see that can risk the subtle adication of that power to do the hard work? With all do respect to those who have fallen in love with a candidate, I don't see anyone currently standing on the stage.

        Yes, I agree, Wes Clark has lived a life and absorded the lessons of that life that would seem to lead to just this moment. I wish I had more faith in the gatekeepers to want to restore our ideals. Country first doesn't seem to be in fashion today.

        Stop Iran War Please add to our collective voice.

        by Donna Z on Sat May 26, 2007 at 08:49:53 PM PDT

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        •  "Never, Never, Never Surrender" (1+ / 0-)
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          Donna Z

          Winston Churchill was a man who could make an impression.

          You wrote:

          I wish I had more faith in the gatekeepers to want to restore our ideals. Country first doesn't seem to be in fashion today.

          A great leader like Clark will NOT allow himself to be ignored.

          Wes Clark -- The President we were promised as kids.

          by Jimdotz on Sat May 26, 2007 at 09:04:30 PM PDT

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