Jul 19, 2010

Lee Iaccoca Would Be Rolling in His Grave... If He Were Dead.

My Mom sent me this email. It hailed the wisdom of Motor City's golden boy, Lee Iacocca and what he had to say about leadership in his book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone? (2007). It contained an excerpt. Here are some of the points taken from the email:
"Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the h... is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder!"
"I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?" 
"Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. It's our country, folks, and it's our future. Our future is at stake!!
Everything quoted here is pure fiction. A simple Google search reveals the truth. I'm sure I'm not the first person to get a fake email from his Mother but I see something more sinister at work here. Who is responsible for this email? How many Moms and grandparents forwarded this bullshit to their friends and didn't have a loving son like me who angrily replied, admonishing them for falling for falsehoods?

I don't agree with everything he says, but Lee Iacocca is a great man. His book, published in 2007, was a scathing review of the Bush Administration and a call to arms for leaders around the nation. This is a perversion being used to promote racist, polarizing untruths represents all that is wrong with leadership in this country.

What other lies are being spread in the name of great people like Lee Iacocca? What are you hearing on Fox News so they can sell you Cash4Gold? Open your eyes people. These aren't your leaders. Palin, Romney, Steele, McCain (sadly), Rand Paul... these are the fanatics who are rising to the top because the real leaders are waiting for a better time to run.

These are dark times for the GOP. I pray that it makes it through. We need to have all sides at the table and until the fanatics are shoved out of the limelight, we're not going to get anything done.

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