Leading from Behind

This past week has shown the American People what the difference is between a community organizer and a leader.  Let us look at the job description of a Community Organizer (excerpted from eHow):


  • Community organizers work to advance racial and economic justice, promote democracy, teach leadership, and develop the sustainability of communities through grassroots campaigns.


  • Community organizers are responsible for improving their communities by solving conflicts, improving economic outlooks, setting goals and deadlines, and creating positive change.


  • Campaigns are the most common way for community organizers to enact changes to society.

Now a definition for Leadership (excerpted from BusinessDictionary.com):

Leadership involves

  • establishing a clear vision,
  • sharing that vision with others so that they will follow willingly,
  • providing the information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision, and
  • coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders.

A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations.

Does anyone not see the difference between the two?

The President of the United States must be a leader, not a community organizer.  He must step up in times of crisis, and be the focal point of the policies and actions for the United States throughout the world as well as on domestic issues.  He must be an advocate for the United States and its People, for the Constitution and the laws of the United States, and for the concept of what has been called American exceptionalism.

President Obama, in my opinion, is not a leader, is not an advocate for the People of the United States, and does the United States a great disservice in our foreign policies with other countries of the world.  Indeed, he has seemingly gone out of his way to gut the United States as a world power, and minimize American exceptionalism and interests.

The recent situation with Syria is just the latest in a long line of missteps that will affect this country far beyond the end of President Obama’s second term.   

What is so bassackward is that a Nobel Peace Prize winner is advocating dropping bombs on a country, and an ex-KGB Lieutenant Colonel with dictator-like tendencies advocating negotiation.  Of course, it doesn’t help that said Nobel Peace Prize paints himself in a corner with threats of red lines and inaction.  Also, when said ex-KGB Lieutenant Colonel  writes an op-ed piece for an American newspaper with statements not very complementary to our leadership or the country, the United States is increasingly seen as a bunch of, well, the following picture says it all:

Media Clowns

Domestically, it’s more of the same chaos and inaction from this Administration that, quite frankly, is becoming more and more hostile to its political opposition and the American people.

Just look at some of the numerous scandals and questionable actions that have occurred with this Administration in charge: 

  • Failed energy company handouts costing billions of taxpayer dollars.
  • Shovel-ready jobs that weren’t which were used as a reason to pass the Stimulus package.
  • Fast & Furious Gunrunning operation which has cost hundreds of lives on both sides of the border.
  • Spying on the Associated Press.
  • Spying on the American People via the NSA.
  • The Benghazi attack – failure to protect American lives through denying increased security measure requests & refusing a rescue mission, misleading the American people as to the cause and events leading up to the attack, and the cover-up of Administration actions & decisions of the President and Secretary of State.
  • The Pigford Scandal.
  • The James Rosen persecution.
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius soliciting donations from companies HHS might regulate, which is a clear violation of various Federal laws.
  • IRS targeting political enemies of the Obama Administration.
  • Multiple conferences and videos by the GSA, IRS, VA, and others wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.
  • President Obama’s constant end-runs around legislation by Administrative decrees in directing various agencies not to enforce various laws (immigration, ObamaCare, etc.)
  • Failure to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.

And the list goes on.

Then there is the continuing war against the American people by this Administration.  Promoting increased government intrusion into the lives of the American People through legislation and regulations making it harder for the American People to thrive.

Top of my list is ObamaCare.  This onerous POC legislation raises costs for everyone, and has so many unintended consequences it is absolutely unbelievable.  This is legislation that must be defunded and repealed – there are better ways to cover the healthcare costs of the uninsurable.  I still remember this quote from an Arlan Spector /  Kathleen Sebelius townhall discussing the legislation before it was passed:

“I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, Senator.  Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can’t even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy?  No sir, no.”

Anyone watching the news and seeing the fallout with our legislators running from it as fast as possible know that this legislation is truly a disaster (or train wreck, as one Democratic Senator called it).

Next on my list is the assault on the Bill of Rights by the Administration & even our own Congress. 

Political correctness has gone wild, stifling any reasonable conversations on difficult topics.  It’s hard to discuss the issues when constantly defending oneself from charges of racism, bigotry, and other non-productive nonsense.  Our First Amendment rights are violated and stifled by the actions of an ever intrusive Government when just talking about certain subjects could be considered a hate crime.  This is just absolutely insane, especially when the above scandals against the Press and the public are taken into consideration.

The right to defend oneself against an aggressor is also under attack by this Administration’s assault upon the Second Amendment.  The goal is to remove all firearms from the American citizen’s hands, and leave them in the hands of “qualified” government employees.  That in itself is scary, especially when on the news report this morning that two bystanders were wounded when New York police opened fire on a suspect that was thought to have a gun (he didn’t). Obviously, the police are not qualified to handle firearms (they missed their suspect and wounded two women) nor were they correct in their justification to use deadly force (the suspect did not have a weapon). 

Now I am for removing weapons from the hands of criminals, and I am for letting the public to arm themselves if they so wish (it is a personal choice, not a mandate).  If an 80-year old grandmother wants to have a weapon to defend herself from someone who breaks into her home for an unknown purpose, then so be it.  The police cannot be everywhere all the time, and despite the motto “To Protect and Serve,” the police are not under any legal obligation to protect you. It’s up to us to defend ourselves.

The Fourth Amendment states that:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – Fourth Amendment to The United States Constitution

Think of the NSA spying, and of the recent actions of the Boston Police Department (among others) breaking down doors without warrants or probable cause, and you should understand the above.

I could go on, but this is already a long post.  But here’s the bottom line:

The Administration, especially the President, is criminally incompetent to hold the office or the positions that they currently occupy.  I do believe, though, that the President has repeatedly violated his oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” by continuing to promote the expansion of power of his office over the American People, and by bungling the foreign policy that this country needs to promote the security of the United States.  While the President and his Cabinet have not at this time been accused of the “high crimes and misdemeanors” needed for a removal from office, I believe that time is close at hand.  The hubris that these people have is overwhelming, and they will make a mistake that make such a removal from office possible.

While I understand that there is a movement to impeach the President and various members of his Cabinet, I somehow do not think that such an action will happen fast enough nor have the desired impact of removing these clowns from office.  Indeed, President Clinton was impeached, but not removed from office.  Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress, but he is still Attorney General.

I guess the American People are not going to get the change we need.  We need a leader who will take responsibility, not a community organizer that leads from behind.

About Tom Roland

Tom Roland is my pen name for this blog. With that in mind... EE for 35 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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5 Responses to Leading from Behind

  1. Brittius says:

    The word “Police” means, “to clean up”, or.., “After The Fact”.

  2. Skunk says:

    Well said. And thanks for the reference 😉

  3. Thought that I had commented on this but I guess I didn’t. Great post Tom.

  4. Tom says:

    My thanks to everyone who commented on this post.

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