Note: These are my prepared remarks from Tea Party Review Magazine’s press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on May 18, 2011, titled “Lies of the Left, Wrongs of the Right.”
In the midst of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine began his essay series, The Crisis, with these words: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Two-hundred and thirty five years later, those words sound eerily relevant to our circumstances today.
In times of crisis such as these, visionary leadership is not just important, it is essential. We need men and women who can define with crystal clarity what the future should look like, and how we will get there.
If we define vision, however, as foresight, then no community in America has been failed more by its so-called leadership than the black community. Rather than looking forward to a future of opportunity and promise after our victories in the civil rights movement, they continue to look backward as if this were still 1955 and we were still forced to ride in the back of the bus. (more…)