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Lee Iacocca wrote this:

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by overbore, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. overbore

    overbore Monkey++

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    Excerpts from Lee Iacocca's new book

    This is a wonderful piece of writing and thinking. I wonder who he is going to vote for? I don't see any of the current candidates who would fit into this profile of a leader

    Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who made the Ford Motor Company with the Mustang, and then rescued Chrysler Corporation from it's death throes? He has a new book, and here are some excerpts.

    Lee Iacocca says:

    "Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening?

    Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder.

    We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car.

    But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course"

    Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned "Titanic". I'll give you a sound bite: "Throw all the bums out!"

    You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

    The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do.

    And the press is waving 'pompoms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the " America " my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

    I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The biggest "C" is Crisis!

    Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory.

    Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

    On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A Hell of a Mess.

    So here's where we stand. We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.

    We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country.

    We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves.

    The middle class is being squeezed every which way These are times that cry out for leadership.

    But when you look around, you've got to ask:"Where have all the leaders gone?" Where are the curious, creative communicators?

    Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

    Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

    Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina.

    Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane, or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm.

    Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time.

    Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when "The Big Three" referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it?

    Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problemThe silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

    I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity.

    What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break.Why don't you guys show so me spine for a change?

    Had Enough?

    Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope I believe in America . In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of America's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: the "Great Depression", "World War II", the "Korean War", the "Kennedy Assassination", the "Vietnam War", the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.
    If I've learned one thing, it's this: "You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the real challenge I'm raising in this book It's a call to "Action" for people who, like me, believe in America . It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let' s shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had "enough."

    Make a "real contribution" by sending this to everyone you know and care about--- our future is at stake!"

    The nation we may save is our own!!! Overbore

  2. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    [applaud][applaud][applaud][winkthumb] My god we need this!!!!
    Iacocco for prez ???? Or would that be the ultimate act of corporate fascism..????
  3. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    Wow that sounds like what I posted on the form to upset Rodge and Tango, but from Iacocco. http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9449

    "If I've learned one thing, it's this: "You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action...."

    Although I was "attacked" for saying it, being called a keyboard commando. LOL

    Well I'm glad Iacocco get's your applause.
  4. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Wasn't meant as an attack( but that's a different thread;Just MB is no "pooh-ssy" for wanting to keep his clearances....)
  5. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    Slugomist, I really want to bury this hatchet, I don't want to have an ongoing grudge, there are just some things I can't/won't say on this or any other forum. I hope you won't hold this against me.
  6. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    As a damage control professional, the thing that stands out most about this diatribe is that he succinctly points out the problem and points at it but doesn't offer any solutions. This reduces it to nothing more than an eloquent complaint. Let him get off his rich ass and offer a few solutions and I'm all over it.
  7. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    Sorry guys, that post above was just a friendly poke back at you, no offense meant.
    Can you find it in yer heart to forgive me?

    Yeah there's alot of that going around Seacowboys
  8. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    group hug! :)
    Sea he's a big time capitalist who "regular" (sh?) people respect not some tin foil haberdasher...I think it's signifigant in that way...
  9. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    No problem SLugomist, and I apologize for misinterpreting that last post!
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