Old Eskimo saying: “If you’re not the lead dog the view never changes.”
In the previous posting the GUARDIAN ripped Team Dave with the expectation we would get a bunch of indignant replies from supporters telling us what a great job Mayor Dave has done.
Instead we got a few feeble attempts enumerating some accomplishments that others saw as failures. For the record the thing we hear most often about Boise’s current top politico is simply DISAPPOINTMENT. We all expected more. He gave us an ethics panel, but we haven’t heard about anything they have uncovered or prevented.
In fact, we remember they said it was OK for the City Treasurer to solicit funds from bankers and investors dooing business with the city on behalf of a professional association as long as he didn’t do it as city treasurer!
After all the ragging on the poor mayor we have to admit HE IS THE BEST WE HAVE. He seems to be honest. He is a decent sort. But as we said over a year ago, “they aren’t bad people, they just need some direction.”
Discussing the dilemma with friends ( yes, the GUARDIAN has a few) the bigger question came up: “Where have all the leaders gone?” Worldwide.
We don’t have a Roosevelt with social programs. There is no Eisenhower to win the war. No statesman like Winston Churchill. No Frank Church to be a liberal in a conservative state. Remember the pride we all felt when Cece Andrus became Interior Secretary? He came home to be governor for two more terms–something Dirk could never do.
What is leadership today? Bill Clinton is seen as a senior statesman and Jimmy Carter has shed his peanut farmer image to become the moral compass for much of the world with his humanitarian projects and election monitoring.
Somehow Jim Risch is “ranked” by a poll as the 18th most popular governor in America–after three months in office which he will leave in January.
Tell us about any decent, intelligent, people you know who are willing and able to jump out of line and break trail…anywhere on earth.
Old cowboy saying: “If you see nothing but horse’s asses you’re a follower, not a leader.”
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