Iaccoca, on America and Leadership

I had a lot of problems with the bailout of Chrysler we undertook when Lee Iaccoca was running it, and for that matter, I didn’t much like the vehicle they made after that. But that’s me. The vehicles sold, and sold well, the bailout was paid back so it worked out. One thing about Iaccoca is that he’s always said what was on his mind, and he doesn’t mince words either. So, with a hattip to A Voice for Retribution! | Jericho777’s Blog, here’s what Iaccoca thinks of where we are now.

By Karen Hild

Remember Lee Iaccoca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He’s now 82 years old and has a new book, ‘Where Have All The Leaders Gone?’.Lee Iaccoca Says:
‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers’ money, much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, ‘trust me, the economy is getting better..’ Better? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned ‘Titanic’.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 Afghanistan , Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do. And the liberal 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! (Iaccoca elaborates on nine C’s of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It’s easy to sit there with thumb up your butt 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 now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.. But our soldiers are dying daily.

We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it’s getting worse every day!We’ve lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health carecosts.Gas prices are going to skyrocket again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the flea-hugging environmentalists.Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers’ union.Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegal’s amnesty and free healthcare.

The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.

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.

Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that’s just crazy.. Deal with life.

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, look what Obama did 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 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 same 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?

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 since 9/11.

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!

And that, Folks, is the way it is, we need (many) more leaders  like that!!


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5 Responses to Iaccoca, on America and Leadership

  1. jericho777 says:

    I had just met Karen a few days ago when commenting on her post here and wanted to ensure that you know it was her write and not mine. She has lived through WWII and is passionate about her Republic and her fellow Americans and I wanted to share it with others, as I often do. She too, does not dance around any subject and there was once a time when Americans couldn’t afford too, their word was their bond, their character and their honor, something that the Muslims get so deadly wrong, they and many Americans have no clue to what honor really entails.
    Perhaps Mr Iaccoca & Ms Hild are trying to convey to us that it’s time to get back to the basics, the hard truths and real sacrifices. If we don’t do something soon, it will be to late to turn back, it may just be, to late already?
    Thank You for posting this for Karen, it will tickle her heart 😉


    • Yep her byline is still there, and this is the first comment so all credit is intact. Tell her too, that I fell in love with this piece the first time I looked at it over at your shop.

      Thanks so much to both of you. 🙂


      • jericho777 says:

        I will tell her and thank you! And thank you for the great job your doing here as well we need more like yourself and Ms Hild &, Iaccoca too, Bravo!


        • Thank You for that as well.


  2. jericho777 says:

    Karen just informed me of how tickled she is that this is getting attention.
    She also informed me that she did not write this after I showed her all the accolades given her from you and others, all we know is that it came from another blog, riposted by a fella named Lee. I always make sure the right person gets credit for their work, and always post their name at the top of that ripost. When I saw Karen’s name at the beginning of the post I wrongly assumed that it was by her.
    I am just so use to seeing that the credits go to those who post their names at the beginning of their post either or giving credit to those it originally came from and or “Via” from the person it originated from.
    I am so very sorry for this mix up and try to make sure credit is given where credit is due and I rushed to post this without inquiring if this was truly from the person I forwarded it from.
    I am making the corrections where I can and there were 10 of you that I dropped this off to or was forwarded from…Please forgive me for the mix up, it is truly a great piece and are trying also to find out who wrote it and, will get that posted as well.
    Again, I am truly sorry and hate these things, and it is a good reminder for myself to be more responsible with these post…Thank You for posting it however, it’s message is unmistakably urgent and pray we take heed from it…
    As we say here in the South…I was scratching around in the wrong hen house and got plucked!


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