The GOP: Crisis of Leadership

Conservatives are learning the hard way that criticism is easy, but leadership and solutions are not.

The Republican faithful are afraid to commit, hesitant to put their faith in any one of their flawed candidates for President. It seems the steady stream of GOP frontrunners have all the lasting power of Kardashian wedding vows. At this point in the election cycle, the Iowa results prove there is no consensus conservative candidate. Results from the Iowa caucus show Romney was still only able to capture a dismal 25 percent of the GOP votes, essentially the same as relative unknown, extreme right, conservative Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney appears to be walking in the footsteps of Bob Dole. Is it any wonder that the White House re-election team is pleased and encouraged by Republican disunity?

It appears that when it comes to Republican frontrunner Romney his glass is not even half full; Mitt’s cup in reality is three quarters empty as he is stuck on a 25 percent approval rating among members of his own party. So what exactly is the problem within the GOP, what is causing this lack of confidence in a single candidate?

In the dark recesses of the conservative psyche there exists the fear that their lack of consensus on one candidate is the Achilles Heel that threatens their election hopes. The GOP is splintered into hostile camps, including but not limited to, the radical right, the Evangelicals, the Tea Party, and the silent, back-room moderates all possessing their own agenda causing the Republicans to be slaves to many but master of none.

It is now becoming clear that the GOP faithful are suffering from a “crisis of leadership." Conservatives are learning the hard way that criticism is always easy, but genuine leadership and solutions are not and require a vital combination of traits that allows one capable and knowledgeable individual to provide purpose and direction to those that follow.

Republicans would be well advised to study what Confucius taught about leadership, specifically governmental leaders. Confucius believed that beyond all else a leader must be virtuous, must possess a quality of goodness by showing concern for the common people, he considered these to be the most important requirements for good government. Confucius taught that if leaders are virtuous the people have the inherent ability to recognize that quality of goodness and be attracted and willing to follow. Despite all of the moralizing and sermonizing by the conservative candidates there is nagging doubt that these candidates lack virtue and concern for the common people.  As Confucius said, Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. (The Confucian Analects)    

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Spooner January 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Bob: in all fairness; the Democrats aren't exactly batting too well in that area also, Obama's approval rating isn't looking too good?
Lacey hyprocisy January 12, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Spooner didja miss the mess called the Bush admins of Bush 1 and Bush 2? could you tell me of one republicon public policy that benefits the ppl of this country? Sorry Folks Corp are not ppl
Mr. ? January 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
"Confucius believed that beyond all else a leader must be virtuous, must possess a quality of goodness by showing concern for the common people, he considered these to be the most important requirements for good government." And that folks could be the telling of the end......... Thanks Bill for the link to Confucius. Well read, well said opinion letter. Although Confucius was born 551 B.C. and died 479 B.C. He knew then, what we still cant figure out now!...and especially the GOP.
Mr. ? January 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Woops!! Sorry Bob, my apologies!
Helen January 13, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Seems to me the Dems have had a crisis in leadership for the past three years . . . . if the media did their job the big O would be impeached by now.
Ken G January 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
The GOP needs to remember they cant pick and choose who they want to preside over, an American is an American, poor, rich, gay, straight, black, white, tall, short, christian, catholic, jewish whatever, they have to preside over AMERICA as a whole. Why the GOP doesnt see this Im not sure. Although I was a big supporter of Obama in the last election, I support Ron Paul this time around.
Spooner January 13, 2012 at 03:12 AM
...that's interesting, you and Sean supporting Ron Paul. The trouble is that the politicians down in Washington want to continue to support the Military Industrial Complex to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars each year. . .not to mention the Wall St Banksters who caused millions to lose their jobs and homes. . .Now they want to parade Mitt Romney to continue this. . .not that Obama is any better. . .along with the rest of them?
Ken G January 13, 2012 at 03:12 AM
The media is doing their job...perfectly. People would rather believe everything is going right for their party instead of facing facts. Im not too sure what you mean by the media not doing their job
Mr. ? January 13, 2012 at 04:18 AM
It makes you wonder the failure of the Republican strategists in all of this. "The GOP is splintered into the radical right, the Evangelicals, the Tea Party, and moderates all possessing their own agenda" Yup! Isn't this all under the guise, control, and at all influenced by the NRC? And the media is doing there job perfectly? you believe that? influenced and supported by what D or R agenda? Ron Paul exemplifies the principles this country was founded on, and with a straight common sense approach...just a little to far from center...not what the public is ready for...not electable? ...to bad!! If the R's don't get their act together soon.......primaries just show dissension amongst the ranks and...........
agenda 21 January 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM
The only agenda the republicons have is to live in fantasy land again I ask i nobody has to or should pay taxes who is going to fund the military? what is their solution for the mentally retarded or the disabled? SS? 9 of the top ten welfare states are REPBLICON PPL Corp America has never had more cash and are the problem Greed
Laura January 13, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I think you need to turn off Fox.
Tim O'Connor January 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Hay Laura, and what, watch CNN & MSNBC instead? I myself personally have a hard time with any of them including Fox! Might shock you, but, there are some of us who think for ourselves and don't agree with you.
Tim O'Connor January 13, 2012 at 09:50 PM
It is just clear to see the Republicans have just lost sight of what is important. For that matter, both parties have their own agenda. Unfortunately, those agendas are not in the best interest of the average Americans.
Laura January 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Exactly how do you know what I think? I was referring to the word impeachment being thrown in the mix. PS I don't watch MSNBC but I also don't throw the word impeachment around because my choice lost. The country is split close to 50/50. Get used to it. Nothing is going to change anytime soon.
Cathy Kelly January 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM
That is why so many people are now Independents. The Republican Party is not 100% right and neither is the Democratic Party. Both parties are so one-way that it makes it almost impossible for most Americans to know who to vote for....
Cindy Lu January 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Tim, I agree nothing is going to change any time soon. To many have their own political agenda and their own best interest, not the average American. Exactly like the local levels and what is going on. The political B.S. is so obvious, it is sickening.
Steve January 19, 2012 at 02:46 AM
The crisis of leadership does not discriminate by political affiliation. Just today we have President Obama saying no to the Keystone Pipeline project giving some phony excuse about a deadline. Next we will be in a fight about the debt ceiling again. If the Republican's are the Kardshian's, the Democrat's are the akin to the pet rock. Once poeple realized what they had, they threw it out.
republicons lie January 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Wrong Steveo you see you cant put the pipe line through the drinking water in Nebraska and environmentally sensitive area s change the route and keep the oil Turn off Fox news
the shell answer man January 19, 2012 at 04:08 AM
steve how bout they fix the existing leaking pipeline first? and there was that pesky business in the gulf last year. good thing cheney exempted his big oil buddies from the clean water act of 73. came in handy when the inspectors of oil rigs and pipelines were getting free superbowl tickets to look the other way at the many safety problems. people who watch fox remind me of the movie invasion of the bodysnatchers. pod people trying to create more pod people to be like them.result 6,000 temp jobs for a few months and the entire lenght of the u.s turned into the floor of a jiffy lube for decades
sick of taxes January 19, 2012 at 06:00 AM
helen why dont you tell everyone what agenda 21 is. how we will be rounded up thrown from our homes using eminent domain (something republicans are doing right here in lacey) by enviormentalists who will put us all in workcamps while abolishing the u.s constitution. c,mon helen dont be shy
Steve January 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
What's Fox news have to do with anything...Why do you think you know the facts. Do you get them from CNN, MSNBC, or maybe PBS ?? Don't assume I get mine from Fox.
Steve January 19, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Am all for protecting the environment. Absolutely no reason there should be leaking pipelines and the gulf was an atrocity. Doesn't mean we have stop everything in its tracks. I know you like to talk about the dirty oil guys as it is easy to make them the demons. Are you completely sure that the environmental lobby is pure ?? How did you know I have pods growing in my backyard ??


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