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 Iacocca’s words.

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 85 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 with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers' money, much less build a hybrid car.
[O'D NOTE: AND THIS was posted BEFORE the NOTORIOUS OBAMA FREE GOLF CART GIVEAWAY as part of his $TRILLION "STIMULUS!" WASN'T it Jimmy Kimmel who got THREE???] But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'trust me the economy is getting better..'

Better? You've got to be kidding. This is
America , not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw out all the Democrats along with Obama!'

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..

most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Afghanistan, Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do [O'D NOTE: ESPECIALLY CLOSET MUSLIM OBAMA!!!] . And the liberal press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the '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. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are
made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a
strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.

We're immersed in a bloody war now with
no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. But our soldiers are dying daily.

running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day!

lost the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by UNION health care costs.

Gas prices are going to skyrock again, and
nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the flea-hugging environmentalists.

Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers union.

borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegals amnesty and free healthcare.

The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.

These are times that cry out for leadership.

But when you look around, you've got to ask:
'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?

We've spent billions of dollars building a
huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now,
that's just crazy.. Deal with life.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. [O'D NOTE: LEFTIST PIGs would say OBAMA SYCOPHANT GE CEO Jeff Imhalt.] Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it! [O'D NOTE: WITHOUT ANY Constitutional Authority, he FIRED the CEO of GM, NATIONALIZED the company, GAVE it to he UNIONS & CAPPED the COMPENSATION of corporate executives via his not-Senate-approved "Czars!!!]

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt [O'D NOTE: NOW we have a TOOTHLESS, to-be-scapegoated no matter WHAT they say "commission" that's supposed to tell MARXIST SOETORO how to reduce the DEBT.] , or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the
Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?

Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here.
I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America . In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' 'World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.

It's our country, folks, and it's our future. Our future is at stake!!




Cerebus said...


"82-year-old businessman Lee Iacocca (best known for his tenure in the automotive business as the head of Ford and then Chrysler).

The attribution was correct, and the timing was no coincidence, as the text was an excerpt from the opening of Iacocca's just-released book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone?, written with Catherine Whitney and published by Scribner.

However, e-mailed versions of this excerpt have since been altered to remove Iacocca's criticisms of Republicans/conservatives and to insert denigrative passages about Democrats/liberals that were not written by Lee Iacocca and were not part of the original work. For example, variants that circulated a month before the 2008 presidential election included the following non-Iacocca passages referencing Democratic nominee Barack Obama..."


ferschitz said...

Thanks, Cerebus: just as I thought. Iaccoca has often been known to criticize Republics, and I *thought* that his recent work was equally critical about the lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle (which is deserved).

But we've all come to expect bald-faced LIES from the right; it's never-ending. Of course, a quick Snopes or Goggle check is all it takes to disprove most of this junk. Too bad that rightwingers just don't want to do that; they'd rather live in their swaddled cocoons of lies that somehow make them feel better (don't get it myself).

Plus: ack, what's with all the fonts and colors?? What is is with wingtards? It's like they want to play with crayons or something. Or they can only grasp something that's illustrated in some way. sheesh

Marc with a C said...

"steer our ship of state right over a cliff"

Talk about mixing your metaphors. I was worried we were going to fly our car into an iceberg.

Anonymous said...

The colors! The Colors! So many colors! It must be true, no one could change color and font this many times and not be 100% accurate!

@ Marc

Exactly my thoughts on that passage. What the hell kind of ship is this?

Bebe 99 said...

Nice color motif--sort of like vomit on a page. It matches the vomitous theme of the whole piece nicely.

gruaud said...

This might be my favorite RWF of all time.

Just how goddamned STUPID are you teabaggers?
Not only can't you come up with any ideas on how
to govern, you copy scathing diatribes directed
AT YOU, and tart them up as your own. Monkeys
at the zoo display more originality.

You might as well pretend Franklin D. Roosevelt,
John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr, are

Oh wait, you're already trying to do that.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the publisher took the bold step of publishing a book in random colors, capitalization and grammar. Risky stuff by Random House, or whomever.

Tootseye said...

"But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry."

They're right that there are crises that are "milking the middle class dry," but it's been done more under W than under BHO.

There are definitely issues and problems Democrats and BHO, but
this kind of baloney does not nothing to solve anything real... which is just how the corporations, represented by rightwing thinktanks, want it.

Stooges and fools.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the seemingly non-sensical use of red, green, and blue font on a white background are to illustrate that Iacocca is Italian-American?

Because I can't think of any other reason for the odd color combo.

Anonymous said...

CAUTION: Reading the above forward could induce seizures.

Peter "The Malcontent" Rauch said...

Ah, yes. Lee Iacocca, legendary opponent of all forms of government interference in the free market.

Especially bailouts.

Tim said...

My god, this is a masterpiece. I'm going to scrawl this on a t shirt (all over it) and go to the next tea party

katz said...

Anon 2: Well, it is Random House.

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