It is time to start picking sides and making political noises. The two parties that dominate US politics seem intent on making certain that no one else gets a say. Even if you don't agree w/the Tea Party or the Progressives, they deserve to be heard and so far, all that I hear is Democratic groveling and Republican whinnying.
About that New Kind of Leadership?
Back in January I tried to clarify what I thought about T. Boone Pickens. I explained how he formed this online organization, Pickens Plan http://push.pickensplan.com to publicize the inadequate nature of the United States' national energy policy.
I still think that he offers a partial solution which is related to his business interests in wind energy conversion and natural gas. That was before the Japanese Tsunami and the subsequent revelation of how inadequate the 'best' nuclear program on the planet is at dealing with known potential dangers.
I can still see a great benefit to the organization of this political action collaboration that is not aligned with any national political party. The opportunity for the Democrats and Obama to prove themselves has come and gone and they get a C+ grade from me. Likewise, the Republican Newbies who purchased their way into office last November must now be measured by the tape with which they applied to the Obama Administration. It has been over 120 days and what have they done to make America a better place?
Now it is time for us to raise our voices and make the Pickens Army a vocal and active constituent that can't be ignored.
You may recall that I described Mr. Pickens’ role in our uniquely American collaboration as one that is part cheerleader and part point man. We need to start using uses his notoriety and personality as a resources to lead the band while working to position our community interests at advantage in the political battles that are beginning NOW!. This isn't individual leadership, it is an opportunity to participate in coordinated leadership on a specific point. That point is what does a National Energy Policy mean to YOU!
Saddle Up! It's Time To Ride!
We have watched and studied enough and if we are going to retain our precious freedoms, its time to get involved.
"We need leaders, but we can not depend solely on elected officials. Given their duty to represent all of the people, even those opposed to their ideology, elected officers are incapable of acting in expeditious manners. This is where proven business leadership can help decide deadlock and assure that the solutions are roundly debated in the public sphere where politicians can divine the peoples' desires."
Back in January, my biggest fear was that Pickens would yank this site and we would not have the tools and the access to make this kind of interactive conversation work for us as a nation. There is the leadership I am talking about!
If you didn't have time to browse through this website and read the criticism and downright visceral denunciations, you have no idea of what the term thick-skinned really means. In addition to all the opportunistic spammers & scammers who found their way on to the Plan pages, the shear volume of discontent, dis-illusion, and depression is much too much for any one person to take the blame for.
I am not advocating that Pickens run for political office. I am making the statement that leadership isn't just political and the representatives of those extreme Republicans who have a peculiar difficulty with difficulty with seeing the irrational logic to the Minnesota Rebellion should take note of. Labeling the opposition as bad and evil won't make the teachers teach better when the class size is too large to spend any quality time with a child having a problem with their studies.
Staying Focused on Your Vision
Just like that we can go from energy to education and get side tracked from what is possible in coalition with Pickens and what is outside of the national energy policy agenda. This is the problem we face when we discuss the issues openly and it is the reason legislatures loose focus on what they should be doing for the general public, not special interests.
A few months back, I wrote in this space, "If the people who we elect can’t lead because they are too busy feathering their own nest, why don’t you unite with us to move our nation forward in spite of them?" I am waiting for your answer and I dare you to ask your neighbor that question. There won't be any surprises in our immediate future if the government is shutdown for lack of compromise.
Mickey L. Hayes
MetroLocal Energy Company
P.O. Box 8308, Texas 77288
National Public Radio - February 9, 2011
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