• Michael McGowan

The Savior of the Republican Party

The Grand Old Party's basic tenants are free market capitalism, free enterprise, business, a strong national defense, deregulation, restrictions on labor unions, social-conservative policies, and traditional values, usually with a Christian foundation.

The current leader of the GOP is barely any of these things. It can be argued Trump embraces each of these however, I say his free market, enterprise and business ties are purely self-enrichment or cronyism, rather than being a morals and dogma set for the country. He doesn't embrace traditional values except in front of a crowd.

If the Republican Party continues to support Trump and others like him the GOP will swing the pendulum off from the fixed support of the people. Who will be the savior of the Republican Party?

This person has a long life of public service. He was an Army Ranger hero in Vietnam. He helped steer us through the tumultuous 1980s, he braved our military through the post Communism world of unknown enemies. He has a military doctrine named after him, in which his philosophy was the use of overwhelming force to reduce casualties.

He was a political darling of the 1990s which propelled him into the political realm of which he would have been considered a presidential contender for both parties. He regulated himself to the august office of Secretary of State under President Bush. While there he was used as a pawn to push an unjust agenda. His United Nations speech helped push war in Iraq, under false pretenses of weapons of mass destruction that never existed.

He has since apologized.

It was a "blot" on his record. He went on to say, "It will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It's painful now.

He is a true leader. His 13 Rules of Leadership are as follows:

  1. It ain't as bad as you think.

  2. Get mad, then get over it.

  3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

  4. It can be done.

  5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

  6. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

  7. You can't make someone else's choices.

  8. Check small things.

  9. Share credit.

  10. Remain calm. Be kind.

  11. Have a vision.

  12. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

  13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

If we could only have a president in office to follow Colin Powell's lead this nation and his party would be stronger for it.

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