Where are the world’s ‘great leaders’?
Grant J. Kidney — In the United States, few of our past leaders could be labeled ‘bold’, ‘brave’, and ‘heroic’. In most instances, former Presidents have all but exemplified utter weakness in both character and in conduct. After all, the slide toward civilization’s demise was a gradual phenomenon taking place over the course of many, many years and through one failed administration after the next.
Leadership takes competence as well as a certain level of skill in so managing the various strata of any given society. If a leader cannot connect with folks from all walks of life, he is by definition a complete and total failure. George W. Bush highly emphasized this point as was evident in the huge disconnect between himself and the vast swaths of poor and middle class people that his administration had tread upon with boots of steel. Barack Obama proved no different. Obama’s failure to properly identify with the needs of certain groups has also positioned him as a failure in the history books.
The truth is that there is no such thing as a ‘great American leader’- or a ‘great world leader’- someone who with passion, lays out a clear course to better the lives of all people. The entire political system is a dinosaur monopoly that exists exclusively to prop up and to ensure the continued reign of the big banks and the mega corporations.
Leaders and the ‘mass movement’ factor
What if Occupy Wall Street manifested some kind of leader who rose up from its ranks and declared a program for causal victory? Of course Occupy has made it clear that it intends to remain a ‘leaderless movement’. After all, there is a certain strategy to be found in total decentralization of power. But what if the success of mass movements hinges upon the emergence of a conscious leader who embodies the hopes and dreams of those involved in a particular cause?
Third parties are a dead horse. No one of any significant valor has ever emerged from a third party. Sure, many third party figures have some great ideas that would help to get the country back on track, but what good are ideas alone without a willful and skillful leader to push them through with iron diligence?
One thing I’m sick of are all the boring political speeches delivered by those touting ‘hope’ and ‘change’. What we need to do is take the same fire and lightning of lets say a major sporting event and translate that energy into a thick passion for saving not only this country, but the rest of world. If such a path were ensued, almost immediately one would take note of a very different tone coming from aspiring leadership figures.
Mass movement: check. Strong leader: check. What’s missing? How about a party and a program. Wait, better yet. How about an ‘antiparty’ with a program designed to uplift and rescue civilization from the nose-dive its currently taking? I say ‘antiparty’ because the last thing we need is more politics. What we really need is a counter political system that works incessantly to root out the old, crusty elements currently embedded in the halls of Washington D.C. and in every other center of power across the globe.
So who’s going to start this antiparty? How ’bout me. I’ve already purchased the domain ‘antiparty.org’ and am working hard on getting that site all designed and situated. Who knows, with time and dedication coupled with a few thousand members, we could be off to the start of a brand new era of popular ‘radical uprisings’ in this country.
Viva la Revolución!