Russ Gibb at Random


February 12, 2010

Just as true today as it was when his book first came out.
He was, and still is, a brilliant businessman!
Often we need to be reminded of Iococca's words.

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.

Lee Iacocca Says:

Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course."

Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies.Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don't need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.

I've had enough. How about you? I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have.

My friends tell me to calm down. They say, "Lee, you're eighty-two years old. Leave the rage to the young people." I'd love to, as soon as I can pry them away from their iPods for five seconds and get them to pay attention. I'm going to speak up because it's my patriotic duty. I think people will listen to me. They say I have a reputation as a straight shooter. So I'll tell you how I see it, and it's not pretty, but at least it's real. I'm hoping to strike a nerve in those young folks who say they don't vote because they don't trust politicians to represent their interests. Hey, America, wake up. These guys work for us.

Who Are These Guys, Anyway? Why are we in this mess? How did we end up with this crowd in Washington? Well, we voted for them, or at least some of us did. But I'll tell you what we didn't do. We didn't agree to suspend the Constitution. We didn't agree to stop asking questions or demanding answers. Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason. Where I come from that's a dictatorship, not a democracy.

And don't tell me it's all the fault of right-wing Republicans or liberal Democrats. That's an intellectually lazy argument, and it's part of the reason we're in this stew. We're not just a nation of factions. We're a people. We share common principles and ideals. And we rise and fall together.

Where are the voices of leaders who can inspire us to action and make us stand taller? What happened to the strong and resolute party of Lincoln? What happened to the courageous, populist party of FDR and Truman? There was a time in this country when the voices of great leaders lifted us up and made us want to do better. Where have all the leaders gone?

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15 Comment(s)

They don't make them like Lee anymore. We need leaders like him, not the wishy washies we have out there now. They are all wannabes.

--by JoJo on 2/12/10   Lives: Dearborn  

The country got Obama. Better known as the teleprompter ego man.

--by Ted on 2/12/10   Lives: Detroit area  

Glad to see that Iacocca reconizes that the main street media in the USA did not vet Obama when he was running. Shame on NBC, CBS, ABC and MSNBC they are a bad joke for honest news. Only Fox news tells it like it is.

--by Carrie on 2/12/10   Lives: Dearborn  

Democrat Obama is all TALK. He does not know what he is doing. Spend , Spend is his only answer.

--by worker on 2/12/10   Lives: Detroit area  

OK so why do we read this brilliant oration by Lee Iacocca and than have some who are so absolutely blinded by their own ignorance that they would use this spring board to blame Obamma?

This is clearly a lot bigger than Obamma! This oration sites a majority of blunders set into motion by the Bushes, Clinton, and going back as far a Reagan. Obamma has not even been in office long enough to have wrecked this economy, but rather only respond to what already has occurred (and quite poorly I may add). Why are Americans so God damn stupid as to sit on their thumbs and blame Obamma for a problem WE THE PEOPLE CREATED?

WE were the ones dumb enough to fall into the traps set by banks to over extend ourselves. WE allowed our banks to invest our money in leveraged mortgage backed investments without questioning it. WE allowed our president to march us off to war against a country that didn’t attack us. WE allowed our previous administrations to back, and arm the very people who want to kill us. WE sit idly by while the Bush administrations stripped us of our civil liberties from a place of cowardice and fear, WE buy our oil from people who give our money to terrorists, WE THE PEOPLE did it to ourselves. We may as well have given the money to the 911 attackers directly every time we fill our SUV’s up with foreign oil, yet what do we do about it? NOTHING!

Stop blaming Obamma or Bush or anyone else for crapping the bed America, WE DID IT TO OURSELVS! Those of you who took on mortgages that you could not afford to pay, assumed the debt of someone who made a hundred grand a year and actually had an assembly line workers wages, built crap products and acted surprised when people bought from "the other guys” You people can sidle up to the mirror and just put the blame where it belongs, ON YOURESLF!

While some of you were assuming huge debt and living beyond your means others of us were building businesses and saving our money. Now you all want to blame Obamma for your own stupidity? If Lee Iacocca wanted to do something about the state of affairs in America, he should have ran for President instead of just doing what all Americans seem to do best, whine, complain and blame everyone and than DO NOTHING! If he HAD run for President, he would be learning what every other well intentioned person would learn about American Government. With Obstructionist Republicans and tax-n-spend Liberals running congress, it doesn’t matter one bit what the President wants. Like every single bit of legislation that hits the congress, it gets shot down just because it’s from the other side of the isle.

--by People in this country are very ignorant on 2/12/10   Lives: USA  

Glad that the highly intelligent, highly delusional reader / posters of this website missed the ENTIRE point and continued their misinformed, ridiculis idea that Barack Obama is responsible for everything that is wrong right now with this country after one year in office.
It is actually comical that they would sit there and read the entire post by Russ Gibb, then type into the comment area "Yeah, it's all Barack Obama's fault".

--by Bizarro World on 2/12/10   Lives: Detroit area  

Yep Bizarro World is right. It is Obama who is to blame.He is a con.

--by Darrel K on 2/12/10   Lives: Detroit area  

Inveighing against "tax cuts for the wealthy"? Who are "the wealthy"?

--by The Great Grizz on 2/13/10   Lives: USA  

I was very excited, at first, to see this article. It was so refreshing to hear an intelligent man remind us of everything that he said in paragraph #7.

We are one people. I am sick and tired of hearing politicians speak in terms of party instead of nation. The latest example is hearing people say that now that there is a republican senator in Massechusetts, everything can be vetoed.

It is a shame that people cannot put the good of a nation in front of petty politics. We really need to wake up and know what is important before it is too late.

Knowing that 250,000 people died in Haiti in a wink of an eye should make us stop and think. Maybe, it is time to become a more compassionate people than a nation of "it's _______ fault. (fill in the blank).

--by cloe on 2/13/10   Lives: Dearborn  

Yea, Obama is the anti-Christ! Its ALL his fault! Oh yea, who in the hell is Lee Iacocca? Ford survived Jac Nasser without totally hitting rock bottom and than having to crawl to the taxpayer, whats Chryslers excuse?

--by LOL!!! on 2/14/10   Lives: Michigan  

This book was published in 2007.

--by Tractor Alumni on 2/15/10   Lives: Dearborn  

Yes the book was from 07, but it works just as well today. Both parties suck.

--by dale on 2/15/10   Lives: Dearborn  

I used to watch CNN all the time and one day decided to see what Fox was like. Wow is all I can say. The depth and coverage of both sides was really impressive. CNN's coverage seemed so limited and superficial whereas Fox took on real interesting stories and topics. I guess it pays to shop around

--by pana on 2/17/10   Lives: USA

--by Bradley on 2/18/10   Lives: Michigan  

I checked out Snopes and it looks as if these quotes are directly from the book. Check it out for yourself.

Come on Bradly. Do your homework.

--by I'll Learn Ya somthing on 2/18/10   Lives: Michigan  

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