Allen West: The Challenge of Governing, the Responsibility of Leading 

Here, in understandable and graphic descriptions, is where the challenges of leadership and governing is explained. These skills are contrasted to the Democrat solutions of mandating and coercing the citizens. One method sets a plan in place and works it through the obstacles that arise. That is called governing through leadership. The other method forces it down your throat so that you can taste what is in it! That is a taste of socialism. 

As Written By Allen West for Townhall:

There has been much analysis of the failed House GOP healthcare plan. Let me start by making it perfectly clear, I am a Constitutional Conservative, and the possibility of the Democratic Party, progressive socialists, ever having control of our federal government is unacceptable. We can blame and assail the GOP all we want, but we can never go back to the days of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or Chuck Schumer having positions of abject power in our Republic. For the liberal progressive left that owns the Democratic Party, it is not about governing, it is about mandating.

We are in the situation where we find ourselves with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because of the left. When they controlled the White House, Senate, and House, they believed it was their calling to mandate behavior to the American people. And they did so under the threat of taxation, via individual and employer mandates. Their concept of governance is based upon a wealth redistribution scheme that punishes one group and gives to another, who then becomes their loyal electorate.

The first point the GOP failed to do when seeking to repeal Obamacare was to define it, now we clearly see its failure. The “Affordable Care Act” is nothing of the sort, it is merely a tax and welfare law. It is twenty new taxes and a massive wealth redistribution, which has had a detrimental effect on our economy and its growth, especially for hard working American small business owners. Obamacare is also a gross expansion of Medicaid, a welfare program. If the GOP was to be successful in driving a stake into the heart of this vampire, they first had to articulate to the American people, in simple concise terms, why it was Nosferatu.

The challenge of governing in America for the GOP is to clearly delineate their fundamental difference from the left, unabashedly. President Trump did so quite well in his address to the joint session of Congress in February. Sadly, four days later President Trump took to Twitter and changed his own narrative from his vision and policy agenda to wiretapping of Trump tower. The responsibility of leading is to stay laser focused and maintain the moral high ground, while constantly staying on offense, as you never win being on defense.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve in Congress and even more so to have a career in the US Army. Here are my recommendations to President Trump and the GOP going forward. First, you have just suffered a tactical defeat, the goal now is to recover, conduct a lessons learned drill, and move toward strategic victory. The start of the Revolutionary War, World War II, and the Korean War did not go very well for the United States. However, if you maintain your vision towards the greater victory, you can recover. The greater victory for President Trump and the GOP is economic growth, domestically.

I learned as a young officer that when you sit and try to develop the perfect…….


The Challenge of Governing, the Responsibility of Leading – Allen West


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