Skip to comments.Problem-Solvers and Butt-Kickers
Posted on 06/13/2010 3:52:48 AM PDT by Scanian
Political analysts may divide the world into liberals and conservatives, while theologians may distinguish religionists from non-believers. As the coarseness of our president's recent public rhetorical flourish continues to resonate, sociologists might also want to individuate two types of leadership models: the Problem-Solver and the "Butt-Kicker" (hereafter, the "Solver" and the "Blamer"). Tragically, America now has a team of Blamers sitting in the Oval Office at an epoch when our nation needs -- more than we have needed for a century -- Solvers.
The Solver does not focus on affixing blame in a crisis, even though she may have to demand a resignation. Rather, she seeks to fix mistakes productively and to propel her universe forward constructively. President Barack Obama came to us as an Unknown. We the American people elected him to be our chief executive, effectively the senior executive of the free world. During the presidential campaign, we heard Mr. Obama blame, but we inferred that insurgent campaign puffery necessarily entails casting aspersions against the incumbent class. Indeed, Hillary Clinton sought to leverage public unease when she ran her much-lampooned television commercial depicting a White House telephone ringing in the presidential bedroom past midnight. We still did not enjoy a tangible sense of how Mr. Obama handles crises.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Dov, Dov, Dov. I was reading with interest to that point.
He’s a lawyer!
Once again, we get back to his experience and qualifications. He IS a community organizer. If he sees a problem his first (and only) reaction is to sue someone who has something to lose in order to intimidate them and therefore getting what he and his community want. That is how he has approached the Gulf oil spill from the start, and it continues to be the only course he can envision as in finding who's ass to kick. Finding a way to stop the flow and mustering resources to lessen the damage are issues beyond his experience and vision. Sicing the Justice Department on BP to force them to comply is all he really understands.
No published papers, yet editor of Law Review and a teaching position at a law school.
No accessible documents regarding academic success, a dearth of personal background -- an enigma wrapped in a puzzle inside a mystery, if you will (an unsurprising parallel to his recent SCOTUS nominee; no background = nothing to defend, no skeletons to rattle).
A problem solver motivates with clarity of purpose and benefits of the goal. A problem solver unites people toward a positive outcome, and makes palatable the sacrifices which must be endured to arrive at the destination.
A blamer, a "Populist/Opportunist/Scapegoater" (or, "POS") lazy-approach organizer, unites people by giving them a scapegoat to come together against.
A POS organizer does not achieve his goals by fixing problems, he achieves his goals by bringing together "victims" who join to create problems.
A POS organizer invests in exploiting emotions and creating rage, not in developing consensus and exploring opportunity.
A POS organizer unites people against, instead of leads people foward.
When a POS is cornered by his own deceptions/incompetency, instead of manning up he resorts to what he knows -- trying to unite people against those who have expected more of him, by blaming, posturing, and pounding his podium in indignant outrage. Too bad we have a POS for a POTUS.
He is nothing but a community organizer. He stirs up trouble and drives people to the polls (both literally and figuratively).
His models for executive action are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
And BTW, the article criticizes Elizabeth Birnbaum for never (having) supervised more than a few dozen people...but that's 12 more than Obama has managed (for those who argue that Obama ran a winning campaign, I would add that Obama was more of a managee than a manager).
President Obama's favorite cartoon character(and apparently new role model)Clarence "Kick" Buttowski.
All of the posters but two were Obama fans, and when the two who weren't posted things, the writer stepped in and said things like "He has no more connection to Bill Ayers than McCain has to G. Gordon Liddy," "Palin's part of a church just as bad as Wright's" and various statements about how Obama was going to stop us from being the laughingstock of the world, and would solve the problems, and wouldn't be about monied interests....
I did a quick scroll through the last month--not a single political thread.
I know there are plenty of people who lie to save face, but I do know there are some honest liberals. How do I know this? Because whenever I've been around them lately, theyt don't bring up politics, where around the time of Obama's election, they wouldn't shut up.
As this article points out, Obama is all hat, no cattle. He CAN'T solve any problems because he doesn't know how to solve problems through the use of the office he inhabits. I'm not saying he has to solve the BP spill; I'm saying he has to calmly, rationally work with BP to figure out a solution, if the government can help, and if he's supposed to be such an adult with this big brain, I expect him to say something like, "Look, we need oil, but here are the hard facts about spills and how it's better to drill closer to shore or on land. I HATE that we have to do this, but it's time we grow up and accept the realities of our situation--if you want oil, this is how we get it, unless we give more to those who hate us."
He's incapable of saying this because he is nothing at all like the man he pretended to be during the election. He is a cranky little college lecturer who's only been around people who tell him he's great. That's what we see in his remarks--a man who's pissy because people are actually saying not-nice things to him for the first time in his life, and he can't report them to some dean or other and make the mena people stop.
I know I'm in a minority here, but when I see him golfing and listening to music and enjoying the high life while Americans' lives are ruined, I think, "At least he's out of the office and not screwing something else up for a few hours."
unless we give more = unless we pay more
“At least he’s out of the office and not screwing something else up for a few hours.”
That thought has crossed my mind as well.
Do you think those are really “honest liberals” or just embarassed?
Yeah, they’re honest. I know this because while they’re eager to get into political discussions with me, I usually have the facts, and instead of lying they say “I don’t wanna talk about this anymore!” :)
Good observations. And I agree, I would rather see Obama away from the job of presidency. He is less destructive when he is on the golf course.
I agree with you on both of your points.
1)President Barack Obama came to us as an Unknown.
Those of us that were not mesmerized by his eloquent telepromter mastery, or suaded to vote from out of some misguided sense of guilt. Saw his inexperience and demanded that the Fourth estate (now the Fifth Column) investigatge him with the same tenacity they went after Palin, but alas one set of rules for Liberals one for conservatives.
former New York Governor Franklin Roosevelt and former California Governor Ronald Reagan, mostly thrived.
Roosevelt thrived by threatening the Supreme court with adding members, making backroom deals that rewarded supporters while at the same time keeping unemployment fairly constant. the only reason that America was abl;e to get out of the depression was because of WWII.
There was a Depression in 1919-1920 that affected the Stockmarket at almost the same level, and the Government took the logical steps of reducing spending, cutting taxes and generally getting out the the economy's way. The same things that Reagan did to get us out of Carter's "Malaise
Obama reminds me of those people who claim they want to be rock stars, writers or sports figures, but what they REALLY want is the lifestyle, money and acclaim—like these poseurs, he wants the perks, but the job is merely a means to the musical performances and applause and golf vacations. He doesn`t want to do the work to deserve these things; he thinks he should just GET them for being Barak Obama.
And, don’t you know that the 5th Congressional District in Alabama just elected not only another attorney, but a verrry experienced politician. That should just make things sooo much better at the Congressional level.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.