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On Leadership by Kevin Tully

If those that have the Liberal/Progressive creds and chops choose to incite and entertain instead of lead, who will? I guess intellectuals and academics always have and always will stay back from the fray -- lobbing ideological missiles and dutifully indoctrinating the rank and file. Ideologues don't lead - they lead the leader. What a dilemma this creates because then a "face", a "voice" must be found to trot out and sell the Liberal message. He or she must be a lefty carnival barker, celebrity of sorts.

But, liberals are desperately opposed to "selling" the message; which we feel is an extension of our honor and our souls. We can't stoop to media hucksterism and cheap political marketing to nurture our ideological and philosophical babies. Compromise is run from and detested like a misshapen, rabid, syphilitic potential suitor. We're right and we damn well know it! The problem is that we are not right -- we are the holders of a particular version of "right". Likewise, the other team has their "right" behind an equally fortified and heavily defended philosophical and ideological stockade. Creating change is going to require dialogue and the recognition of common ground.

We are desperately in need of a crisis or an amazingly charismatic leader, or both...um, it certainly appears that we have both -- we're just too proud and doctrinaire to admit it. Our pride and our intransigence may be our undoing. Do we have time now to swoon over Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Chris Hedges...Rome is burning and we're intellectually fiddling? Most importantly the past is past and we can't change it or relive it. If we believe what we say we believe to be the current state of things; we no longer have the time nor the luxury of living vicariously through the minds of others. Liberals/Progressives need to become self-confident and self-empowered, armed with the wisdom of Zinn, Chomsky and Hedges, and lift up and empower our President to become what he can become. We can dangerously continue to wallow in negativity, defeatism and intellectual self-pity but we will never go where we want to go -- some other force will fill the void. We have labeled Bush, Cheney and on and on as forces of darkness yet most of what I read here is tumbling menacingly and proudly from the dark.

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One of the most popular contributors to OEN is Pau... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 7:13:19 PM
I agree with most of what you're saying E.J. ... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 4:30:44 AM
Below is a response to someone questioning me sayi... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 6:34:57 AM
"Johnson City, in my opinion of course, is a perfe... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 6:44:33 AM
I remember him well, and have read a lot about him... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 1:40:04 PM
The traits I described above are ONLY those which ... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 3:26:00 PM
I live in LBJ's hometown -- the locals don't care ... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:17:21 PM
It's quite a disappointment, to me, that people, i... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 11:15:18 PM
thak you:)... by Kevin Tully on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 6:57:43 AM
why not sieze the moment and try to influence Obam... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 6:25:25 AM
Kevin, certainly we should try to influence Obama ... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 2:31:44 PM
I like this:"The enlightened ones who founded the... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:27:34 PM
E.J. and Kevin:  I'm wondering after this con... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:27:58 PM
Obama was frustrated and weak in the face of extre... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 2:44:38 PM
it needs to be put front and center and the Presid... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:36:14 PM
Reform the entire corporate system, for me, is THE... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 6:54:05 PM
Is find a way to speak out, to OBAMA, that his tra... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 7:56:43 PM
starve the bastards...and we can do it.... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:39:07 PM