Leadership from the market place!
Yes, freaking finally! Leadership from the market place!
Situation: The US is in clear decline in every sphere. It is based upon our economic train wreck. We all have to get this straight, get the economy healthy.
There is talk on curbing healthcare, social security, etc. There is now real discussion on reforming military retirement (jury still out on this until we see what happens on this).
Yet the government is paralyzed because ideologues are defending their turf rather than governing. They miss something key and vital – THEY REPRESENT ALL OF THE PEOPLE – and therefore the decisions must be a working together, a compromise that reaches promising leadership and decisions that moves us towards health and incorporates the people – all of the people; not just the ideology they represent.
Enter Warren Buffett – billionaire of billionaires: ‘Our leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice”. But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched…My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress…It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.’
Then, Howard Shultz chimes in with dramatic challenge for all US corporations!
He starts with, “I found myself growing more and more frustrated at the lack of cooperation and irresponsibility among elected officials as they have put partisan agendas before the people’s agenda. This is not the leadership we have come to expect, nor deserve.”
Schultz challenges every corporation to boycott all political donations until they get over this bickering and get to work and find solutions together. This will require that compromise to work together… it’s back to Kindergarten playground time, boys and girls! Schultz used words like “time to become civil towards each other again”. Great message from one of the greatest stories of a US business that has made itself great, slipped and recaptured it’s original dream again.
The danger is that corporations, which do not have souls, think no farther than tomorrow. Some may use this as the opportune time to influence politics without the “competition”. One small hope is that both the NY Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq have sent this challenge from Mr Schultz to every corporation in America, urging them that this is the time. It’s election time and time to squeeze Washington and make the do this right. The counter weight: The special interest groups who wag the dog, the ones who bought the budget and buy the budget do not want this. The military industrial complex does not want this. Our only hope – the Lilliputians can over power the giants.
Again, why write about this here in a spiritual blog? I’m a pragmatist. The hope of funding mission remains with the US. The US is the elephant of mission funding. There is not 2nd or rising contributor. With the decline of the US economy, declines mission (giving already declining because of the declining spiritual maturity and health of the US church…it doesn’t need a push further!) means declining Kingdom impact. I also love my country (not like the flag wrapped national religion types, but the people, the idea, the legacy it has – with all its blemishes and faults… I want my people to know Him… I want the US to continue to succeed. So, my desire is two fold. I am also all about leadership – good and Godly leadership. Lord knows we need it!
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
So, petition your corporations in which you have invested to participate in this. It’ll means some work, but we all have an active role in helping our government break this immature ideologue crap and return to civility, respect and working together. Never thought I’d miss the days of Reagan and Tip O’Neil! Those to could work it out with respect and honor.
If not? We sure fought a bloody war over much smaller issues, now didn’t we? Can we solve this with honor and respect? Would it be better if the union was dissolved? Or do we relegate ourselves to a has-been-used-to-be?