We Need Leaders Not Readers !!!

This afternoon Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain was asked about his recent unintelligible comments about Libya and other foreign policy subjects. He went on a diatribe saying that no leader can know everything, That is why you pick and choose what your interests are and hire good people who know about the rest. He ended his comments with the statement that “We need leaders not readers.”

OMG, Be still my retired librarian heart!

I spent most of my adult life fostering reading, seeking out facts and the truth of any subject for myself and more importantly for any library patron seeking assistance. To hear someone who is ostensibly running for president make such a statement chills me to the bone. There were actually people in the audience cheering this imbecile. That scares me even more. They are the same type of “Americans” who cheered executions, booed a gay soldier and look up to a cast of presidential contenders who continue to pander to their fears, who denigrate educated people as “elitists”, and who make fun of  men of thoughtfulness, and  compromise.

At least Herman Cain has explained this phenomenon.  These candidates and voters are obviously not readers …  and proud of it!    We are in deep do-do!

Rick Perry, the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party, and 1964

I’ve been following with great interest the newly announced candidacy for the presidency by Rick Perry, current governor of Texas. Reading some of his statements, I would expect him to be the Republican candidate in 2012. He is virtually the poster boy for the  radically conservative right and Tea Party members of his party. And let’s face it, that is who is running the GOP for the foreseeable future.

In his book Fed Up, published last November, he has delineated many of his opinions one of which asserts that both social security and medicare are unconstitutional. He doesn’t believe in climate change, or evolution, would like to get rid of all regulation from Washington, would probably like to deep six both the Education Dept. and the EPA. He is running on Texan job creation, although most of the jobs recently created in Texas were with the oil industry or were federallly funded government jobs . (Oh, yes, he eagerly accepted stimulous funds.)

Let’s back up 47 years to the 1964 Republican convention when a courageous candidate, Nelson Rockefeller stood up and denounced the radical right fostered by the John Birch Society that was threatening to take over the GOP and run Barry Goldwater as their candidate. His speech should be read today by all citizens, http://www.rockarch.org/inownwords/pdf/nar1964.pdf   My favorite parts of the speech are as follow:

“The Republican party is in real danger of subversion by a radical, well-financed and highly disciplined minority.” …

These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror. They have no program for America – no program for the Republican party. They have no
solution for our problems of chronic unemployment, of education of agriculture, or racial injustice or strife.

These extremists have no plan and no program to keep the peace and bring freedom to the world.

On the contrary – they spread distrust. They engender suspicion. They encourage disunity. And they operate from the dark shadows of
secrecy.

They have called President Eisenhower “a dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy.”

Replace John Birch Society with the Koch brothers and corporate America and Eisenhower’s name with Obama and there you are. The more things change, the more they stay the same!!

Wake up Republican Party or the 2012 election results will be the same as the 1964 results. a Democaratic victory. One can only hope.

Where Have All the True Conservatives Gone?

Where Have All the True Conservatives Gone?

CNN broadcaster Fareed Zakaria has an excellent OpEd in Time Magazine
this week addressing this question I have been asking…Read on:

 

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2077943,00.html

 

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