Lee Iacocca...Common Sense call to outrage

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler
Corporation from its death throes? He has a new
book, and here are some excerpts. I couldn't agree more. We need many more people to be pissed off and asking our leaders to explain themselves.

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

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

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 'pom-poms' 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 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 some 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
1970s 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 go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had

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