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Author:  Catherine [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:06 am ]

Excerpts from Lee Iocca's latest book

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes?

He has a new book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone? 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 s end 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 debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem.The 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 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 g! o to wo rk. 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!

I'd vote for him!!!


Author:  Purple Tang [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:22 pm ]
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Lee may have just hit the 'no fly' list along with enhanced surveillance for 'subversive language.'

Author:  A Proud Liberal [ Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:27 am ]
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This book has actually been out in Hardcover for nearly a year. Why are we just hearing about this straight talk? It is an effort to sell the paperback version coming out next month. It would seem that neither the Left nor Right wants to embrace the man who benefited from the first large government bailout of a corporation. Neither side is comfortable with that or the fact that under Iacocca they paid back every penny with interest in full. The bankers and corporate masters of today want their government largess to come with no such silly strings as repayment attached.

Author:  dori [ Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:18 am ]
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But Iacocca along with everyone else it seems is missing the true problem. What is happening is exactly what this administration wanted to happen--in that way this administration is a success.

It is the people who are at fault here. WE have allowed media to become the snakepit it is. WE have backed those people in government who want to bury us. WE have allowed the halls of our government to become thick with the slime of lobbyists. We have paid little attention to the 'true values' of those who wish to take over the world (as Brain would say) and gone to our bingo games or sat in church or in front of TV watching 'reality shows' that have nothing to do with reality.

Problem is, how do we get the attention of WE the peeople?

There are those on the sidelines who are desperately trying to get true information out, or at least to get people to be interested. But is seems until a person is personally hurt by, and knows he is being hurt by, the present circumstances our government has thrust us into he doesn'g give a damn.

It may be too late to storm the streets, not that your average person has any intention of doing that. But we have allowed this cancer to grow until the administration has all the tools to put down any protests that arise. And WE allowed that to happen.

We should have been out there when we first saw those 'First Amendment Zones' put up so the powers that be wouldn't have to face anyone that was not cheering them.

Of course media played an immense part in keeping 'the people' on the side of said administration. They are still doing their best.

We cooked ourselvs in our own broth by listening to them and not fighting back then.

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