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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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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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