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    > Remember Lee Iacocca

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    > Something to ponder...

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    > Remember Lee Iacocca, the VP at Ford credited with the

    > birth of the Mustang, the man who rescued Chrysler

    > Corporation from their death throes, and the owner of the

    > famous quote 'Lead, follow, or get out of the way'?

    > Well, he's back! He has a new book, and here are

    > some excerpts.

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    > Lee Iacocca writes:

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    > "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."

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    >

    > 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 wavi ng '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&n

    > bsp;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.

    > George Bush, Dick Cheney and who is this Bozo coming up

    > next? One of the most Liberal Idiots in the U. S. Senate

    > and he is talking about disarming America. I can't

    > believe the American people aren't seeing what he is

    > about to do to this country. May God have mercy on us

    > all.

    >

    >

    > 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 all moving

    > offshore. We're getting slaughtered by health care

    > costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power

    > has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are the worst

    > in the world. Our borders are like sieves. The middle

    > class is being squeezed every which way. These are times

    > that cry out for leadership and we are getting ready to

    > put the most Liberal Senator in the U. S. Senate in as our

    > next President because we want to be fair

    > and elect someone just because of his race.

    > We don't have

    > time to be fair, we need a strong leader.

    >

    >

    > 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 hope 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.

    > Well guess what people? We are having more floods right

    > now. What are we doing to help these people out . Now,

    > that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it.

    > Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the

    > next time. Why are we allowing people to build in flood

    > plains anyway? If you build in a flood area, expect to

    > be flooded and deal with it. Don't expect the

    > Government to bail you out.

    >

    >

    > Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively

    > about how we can restore our competitive edge in

    > manufacturing. All they seem to be thinking now-days is

    > getting themselves bigger salaries and bonuses. 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? Likely nothing!

    >

    >

    > 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 and the Senate. 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 <http://www.foxnews.com/> will call them a

    > name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some

    > spine for a change? I honestly don't think any of

    > you have one!

    >

    >

    > 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 c hildren, 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

    > 'enough."

    >

    >

    > Make a 'real contribution' by sending this to

    > everyone you know a nd care about......your future is at

    > stake!!

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    > I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF

    > AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION

    > UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

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    > 'In God We Trust'

    >

    > Sorry looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks

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    Awesome, although sometimes I feel stuck as well. Just having enough time to work.

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    Dustin wrote:
    Awesome, although sometimes I feel stuck as well. Just having enough time to work.
    I am a dues-paying member of several national and local RKBA organizations, as well as various other organizations and groups. I spend probably too much time cruising the internet looking for alternate sources of information and analysis (the MSM and Fox are not the only ones out there). I try to get at least one letter a week mailed/emailed to my local, state and/or national elected official(s) - sometimes it is just to forward somethging I have stumbled across or someone else sent me, with a short note saying I agree/disagree/think it has merit for consideration as an alternative to the current groupthink.

    I do make it a point to volunteer time at every gun show to sit at the VCDL (my state's grassroots gun rights organization) table to recruit members and try to provide information or where to find information to folks with questions and no idea of how to find answers.

    I've gotten involved in my county's Republican Committee, looking to be a delegate when candidates are being selected and party platforms are decided. I did that after finding out that less than 20 folks were making decisions for more than 20,000 voters who call themselves Republicans.

    In other words, I spend about an hour a day. (We all know what I do during the rest of the time I'm surfing the net. )

    Most of what I do is during the time cable tv is filled with paid promotional infomercials.

    stay safe.

    skidmark
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    .......and all Experience hath shewn, that Men are more disposed to suffer Evil, while such Evil may be suffered....

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    Thank you for the quotes!

    What is the title of the book and when does it go on sale?
    I'll make you an offer: I will argue and fight for all of your rights, if you will do the same for me. That is the only way freedom can work. We have to respect all rights, all the time--and strive to win the rights of the other guy as much as for ourselves.

    If I am equal to another, how can I legitimately govern him without his express individual consent?

    There is no human being on earth I hate so much I would actually vote to inflict government upon him.

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    If Lee Iacocca really wanted to light a fire, He would've campaigned for a presidential nomination.. Damn good chance he would've been succesful.All I read was a lot of ranting/venting/raving, which is all I'm capable of at my intellectual level..

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    The book has been on sale for quite some time now... (I want to say about a year...?) I don't remember the name of it off the top of my head, but it can be found...

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    " 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?"

    "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. "

    Ron Paul.

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