What we have seen over the past few days is breathtaking in its range and scope. I refer to the utter and complete failure of leadership in this country.
In the whirlwind the financial crisis has wrought, there has been a complete and total collapse of leadership. It's everybody. Across the board. Comprehensive. Leave no politician behind. It's everybody.
The president. His administration. The Democrats in Congress. The Republican leadership caving in. The presidential candidates, who look totally irrelevant in all of this.
Franklin Roosevelt. Harry Truman. Richard Nixon. Ronald Reagan. None of these men would have let a crisis like this spiral while they sputtered and became paralyzed.
They weren't wusses. They were men. They were leaders. They didn't run and hide in the Congressional cloakroom when a tough vote came up. They didn't contemplate their navels or say a bunch of nothing. They didn't spew a bunch of gobbledegook and hope people thought it made sense.
They were leaders. And they led, with vision and testicular fortitude.
Where are our leaders today? Running for the hills, tails up, like antelope.
There is no authority. Isn't it amazing? We've got layer after layer of government: federal, state, and local. We're smothered in bureaucracy, rules, and taxes. We've got authority figures everywhere we turn, and yet, no authority.
With one exception: the House Republicans, who had the guts to stand up to the socialist behemoth of a package and say "no." Not this time. Not now. Their point-men in their leadership succumbed to the charms of Nancy Pelosi, but they did not. They stood with the people. They are the guardians of the people's money.
They have become the new, bright, shining lights of the conservative movement: Congressmen Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, Ted Poe, Thaddeus McCotter, and others. Watch them and support them. Because right now, they are the only ones saying "the fix is not in," and they are the only ones defending you and your hard-earned money.