Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Written by Jerry Curry on June 2, 2013

If, in the traditional sense, President Obama ever intends to lead this nation, now is the time for him to start doing it.
There is so much we do not know about the IRS fiasco. But we do know that when it comes to investigating and intimidating innocent citizens and their activities the IRS is in cahoots with the FBI, which is in cahoots with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which is in cahoots with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and on and on it goes …
What is also clear is that all these departmental agencies could not have initiated this investigative abuse and intimidation without its being coordinated at a higher governmental level – like by the White House. Does anyone really think the FBI is going to take orders from two or three low level IRS agents in Cincinnati?

The IRS officials who recently appeared before a Congressional Committee that was inquiring into the matter of IRS abuse had been carefully coached, their answers coordinated and they were fully prepped. Generally speaking the same talking points carried through all their testimony, phrases such as: I don’t remember … I’m not familiar with that … I don’t inquire into ongoing investigations … I’m not familiar with the content of those papers … I accept general responsibility for what happened on my watch, but not for the specific actions of others who worked for me … I am not responsible for what my subordinates did or fail to do.

They obviously didn’t take any leadership classes at Fort Benning.

The White House and its cabinet officers should either “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” So far they have failed to do any of the above. As President, Obama is responsible for setting the nation’s leadership tone and style and for providing the example for all of his subordinate leaders to emulate.

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Above all, he should remember that as President he is responsible for all that his administration does or fails to do. If he isn’t willing and able to assume that heavy mantle of responsibility, he shouldn’t have run for the office.

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General Jerry Ralph Curry (D.Min.) is a decorated combat veteran, Army Aviator, Paratrooper and Ranger. He enlisted in the Army as a Private and retired a Major General. For nearly forty years he and his wife Charlene have served this country both in the military and while he was a Presidential political appointee.


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