What makes a good leader? Is it the willingness to do as one would have others do? Is it an underlying bravery, to do what needs to be done even in the face of potential peril? As philosophers have contemplated this notion for millennia, I cannot honestly claim to have a firm, definitive answer as to what makes a leader great.
I can, however, pinpoint qualities that are not found in a true leader. Cowardice, selfishness and an almost pathological willingness to avoid any accountability whatsoever are not qualities that can ever be found in a true leader.
Which brings me to President Obama…
Though we ask our soldiers to risk life and limb for their country, many soldiers will be unable to see the rocket’s red glare this year as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. But don’t worry; The Obamas are reportedly having a great time on their taxpayer-funded vacation to Africa.
Fourth of July celebrations have been cancelled at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army’s Fort Bragg. The fourth of July celebrations have also been cancelled at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia. The Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina have also cancelled their Fourth of July celebrations as well as the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
All of the celebrations have been cancelled due to budgetary restraints.
The Tea Party is a fiscally conservative organization and we advocate small, limited government. Though Senator Harry Reid and other hysterics would like to label us “anarchists” or advocates of no government, we are merely advocates of small government that makes good decisions with taxpayer money.
We don’t mind paying taxes; we just observe that we pay too much into a complicated system to fund a largely inefficient government layered with redundant bureaucracy and nonessential services. We are happy to pay for paved roads, for mail delivery and, yes, for those who risk their lives in the defense of their country to see some fireworks on the Fourth of July.
When we consider what else the government is spending our money on this month, it seems clear where their priorities are:
While the government spends $37 million to promote the greatness of Obamacare (including $990,000 to the Los Angeles school district to train children to promote it to their families), the government can’t keep the White House open for tours.
While the government spends $53 million on the “Yes Youth Can” program to promote fair elections and voter ID requirements in Africa, we cannot spend money on fireworks for military bases.
And, of course, all of this occurs as Obama, Michelle, their children, Michelle’s mother and Michelle’s niece sightsee around Africa on a fabulous $100 million vacation that is paid for by you and me.
It is absolutely shameful where our government’s priorities are.