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Someone’s Leadership Stinks

by RightHandMan

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasgow

On September 12th, 2009 a young QB led his team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, against the No.3 ranked team in the country, the USC Trojans. Ohio State wasn’t ranked as high, they were expected to lose, and the starting quarterback was a freshman. There were plenty of upper classmen who dropped balls, seniors who missed assignments, coaches who called bad plays, and fans that didn’t cheer loud enough; but they didn’t stand up and take blame after the loss. The freshman quarterback Terrell Pryor did.

“It just comes down to me. I take the whole blame for it.” – Terrell Pryor

Leadership, courage, and integrity are the qualities it takes for a person to stand up and take the blame for failure. A leader is the person who takes that burden of failure for the rest of the team. Terrell Pryor might have lost the game, but he won the respect of his team mates and their belief that he was there to lead them.

Sen. Harry Reid has been one of Nevada’s senators since 1987, and the majority leader since 2007. Prior to that, he was a U.S. House member for Nevada for 4 years, and the Lt. Governor of Nevada between 1971 and 1974. Yet, when it comes down to why Nevada is suffering so badly in this terrible economy… he has nothing to do with that.

Of course not! Democrats have been playing the blame game whenever something bad happens for years now. Blame Bush has been the mantra since around 2000 or so. Never mind that the Democrats have been an overwhelming force in Congress for years and that they hold the White House…Bush is still somehow guilty.

We could argue all day about who is at fault for what. Let’s face it; both parties are to blame for our terrible state. However, saying that you had NOTHING to do with the current downfall when you’re the majority leader from one of the states hit worst by it is a pathetic display of leadership. In fact, it is the opposite.

The fact is that these bozos don’t care about America – they care about power. If they truly cared about America they would act more like Terrell Pryor. They would speak up and say, “It just comes down to me. I take the whole blame for it.” Once they’ve admitted that they can do what Pryor has done; identify the problem, make changes, and move forward. Pryor lost that game, and Harry Reid will lose his majority leader seat, but at least he could continue the rest of his term as a real leader and someone who fights for the team, not his own cause.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. John F. Kennedy

Filed under: Blame Bush, economy, Failed Leadership, Harry Reid, Nevada, terrell pryor

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  • Gorges Smythe September 7, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Well said.

  • Matt September 7, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Well said. For all of the inspiration that they could take from history, they'll choose to blame Bush.

  • Nickie Goomba September 7, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Great headline. Follow the stink!

  • The Born Again American September 8, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    Well said, and another fine political cartoon… You have talent…

  • Steve Dennis September 8, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Great JFK quote! If only more people in the government lived up to it we would be much better off.
    There is enough blame to go around–both sides share the blame–but the Democrats have this way of forgetting the role they have played in it. They have help the purse strings since 2006 and it has only gotten worse since that time. Democrats need to stop blaming everything on Bush and they need to start fixing the problem or we will get rid of them. Americans are tired of playing this game!

  • John Carey September 8, 2010 at 5:29 AM

    Great post Right and once again another excellent cartoon. It's hard to find people in government that are willing to accept responsibility for their actions. They're politicians and power and survival are the only things they know. And they will say and do anything to make sure they achieve both. Blaming another might not be what a real leader would do, but it is something a politician would do.

  • Right Hand Man September 8, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    Thank you for the kind comments.


    I believe they're on their way out come November.

  • LD Jackson September 8, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Great post, RHM and another great cartoon. I need to figure out a way to feature them on Political Realities.

    You mentioned the way the Democrats have blamed Bush for this current economic crisis. That is one song and dance that I am getting tired of hearing.