For the life of me I don't understand why so many in the world look to the United States for leadership. We wouldn't know "leadership" if it bit us on the butt! There may be a very few potential "leaders" lurking in our political landscape, but they either have no chance of getting the nod to lead, or THEY DON'T WANT IT!
It wasn't long ago I was pooh-pooing the "Young Guns" in the House of Representatives, those being Republicans Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy, their best-of-the-best. Yes, the same Kevin McCarthy who just dropped out of the race to become the next Speaker of the House. Back then I thought they were too rigid, too my-way-or-the-highway, too cold to effectively lead.
Turns out McCarthy is now deemed not cold enough to please the 40 or so members of the Tea Party (now calling themselves the Freedom Party) who are bullying the rest of the Republican's. They're like the Nazi Brown Shirts of the 1930's, sans the actual physical beating of opponents. Current Speaker John Boner is looking like an absolute moderate. Don't get cocky Democrats, you're no better. Nancy Pelosi? Really? She's the best you have?
And the Senate....Oh dear God, we've hit bottom! Mitch McConnell (R)? Harry Reid (D)? The Mafia should study them to learn the fine art of real organized crime.
Which leaves President Barack Obama. Sir, please explain it to me again, slowly....what exactly is our foreign policy? If it's to get run over, then I give you a perfect 10. You say we're involved in Syria in order to help send Assad packing. So who's going to take his place? One of those flea-bag rebel warlords we're supporting now? You know they're just suckering you, right? They don't give a rats ass about working with us. In fact they hate us. They'll still take our money, but they hate us. Why can't they hate us on their dime?
And who do we have in the wings? Donald Trump, entertainer extraordinaire. Dr Ben Carson, has no chance. Carly Fiorina, ditto. Ted Cruz, pond scum. And a bunch of others who have less than no chance. Hillary, too many skeletons in the closet. Bernie Sanders, even his supporters say he could never be elected.
What the hell has happened to us? Our potential is limitless, our people incredibly dynamic. Our compassion (excluding the Freedom Party) comforting, our power to do good beyond the reach of anyone else in the world. And we're squandering it. DOH!
You know that revolution we haven't had in 239 years? Don't look now, but....