Voids In Leadership Creates Chaos

The failure of both the NFL and our President are leading to chaos on and off the field.

At the time my opinion was not based on the performance of the officiating crews, but that they were a group of brave souls contributing to our enjoyment in the face of an NFL unable to solve its own problems.  As the play of the NFL continues to fall apart under the officiating of the replacement refs, my opinion remains the same.  The replacement refs are doing their best with the limited NFL experience.  Instead we are seeing is a further example of a complete breakdown of leadership. 

The integrity of the game and its officiating is the sole responsibility of the commissioner and the owners.  Their lack of leadership in the face of their extreme arrogance is leading to the downfall of the NFL.  They have a product that is broken and rather then step-up and fix what is wrong they have decided to peddle the sub-par performance as if this is the best they can offer.  The commissioner himself is to be held accountable for the debacle that was the NFL.  If he were a leader, this issue would have been resolved and his product would have met and maintained the expectations of the fans. 

The funny thing about leadership is that its departure from any area of life tends to lead to the same chaotic consequences.  In the home, as in the NFL, when a leader is not found the family rules breakdown and its lack of guidance usually has a negative affect on outcomes.  When a business finds itself with a void in leadership, much the same actions occur; a breakdown in company policy, no future guidance and in the end a negative impact on the service or product that business produces.  As such we are seeing the same consequences within the current government of the United States.  We have elected a group of people whom are incapable of leading and we are seeing breakdowns in areas that government is involved. 

In a parallel with the situation involving the NFL and the role of the commissioner; the President holds the role of guiding the leadership within our government.  Also as if to be mirror images of each other, both leaders have decided to take a wait and see approach to the situations that are having adverse affects on the product they represent.  Since the President has chosen to take a back seat or voting present position to the issues plaguing the US we have seen a Federal Reserve willing to chance inflation and credit down grades by printing money.  We have seen more people join the welfare line than the employment line.  A US ambassador was killed and dragged through the streets.  (that deserves repeating)  OBAMA'S LACK OF LEADERSHIP CREATED A SITUATION WHERE OUR OWN AMBASSADOR WAS KILLED.  Lastly, he lacks the leadership to both pass a budget and any meaningful reform; instead, he resorts to replacement budgets and Executive Orders that bypass the will of the people.

While the NFL has a chance to turn around the mistakes they have made with little concern for lasting affects.  Unfortunately for you and I, the Obama leadership void is not one to easily fix.  It will take time to restrict both spending and the growth in our debt.  It will take time for our economy to recover from his recovery.   It will take time to store the global strength of the US.

The NFL monopoly greatly restricts the ability of the common fan from changing those empty suits occupying leadership positions; however, as an electorate we can make a change in the US Government.  The further decline in the NFL might be shouldered by the Commissioner; yet, the further decline in the United States is shouldered by the voting public.  Let’s not allow another four years of replacement representatives be responsible for our Country.

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Tom September 26, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Well stated, J.B.
Lyle Ruble September 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM
@J.B. Schmidt....Only in Wisconsin can you find the NFL and the presidency linked. Your statements about leadership are a bit simplistic and naive. I think you need to examine your expectations of what constitutes real leadership.
J. B. Schmidt September 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM
@Lyle Only a liberal would look down his nose at the state he himself resides in. The expectations is simple, work to produce the best possible product/service that is to be controlled under your leadership. Goodell couldn't muster the leadership to save from the NFL from disgrace just as Obama can't must the leadership to produce a budget or save the US from worldwide disgrace. You obviously find it perfectly acceptable that we continue to overspend because we have no national budget and that our president did his security briefings via his iPad app.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Lyle must have missed his president's idiot comments referring to the refs then. http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20120925/NEWS/120929981/president-obama-comments-on-seahawks-packers-saga-got-to-get-our
Try Try Again September 27, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Such obvious similarities: Barons of the NFL and Barack Obama - both start with the letter 'B,' so they must be linked somehow, and now it's been explained.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM
This actually was a pretty good comparison of the lack of leadership and the constant "nothing to see here" attitude of both the NFL and president.
Tom September 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Yep, smug and arrogant doesn't make for good leadership.
DontTreadOnMeEither September 27, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Picture this: You get hired for a job, and someone else feels it should have gone to a different person. Perhaps one his cronies.That other person tells all of his co-workers, customers and anyone within earshot that he will round up everyone to sabotage (with few repercussions) whatever hope of doing a good job you may have. Leadership has nothing to do with trying to get things accomplished if others are allowed to place impediments in the way and choose sides for little more than spite. This is what is going on in Washington. This is what our President has been up against for two years. This has got to stop.
J. B. Schmidt September 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
@DontTread You are therefore saying that no other president in history has had to deal with 1) 2 years of his own party controlling both houses of congress 2) 2 years of split control of congress; and being able to get nothing done. When was the last president that was unable to put both sides together and work out a budget for 3 years with the conditions listed above? This president has been up against his own complete inability to lead for 4 years and as such has had to resort to bullying via slamming through healthcare and the outrageous use of Executive Orders against the with will of the people.
Bob McBride September 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Been going on for years through numerous administrations. When you attempt to do stuff like reinvent the healthcare industry and mortgage the future of the country to fix unemployment, you can expect a strong front of opposition. Let's not forget that even some of those in his own party didn't sign on to some of the stuff he proposed. Let's also not forget that the pace on this was set by the president himself when, shortly after being sworn in, he attempted to assert his power by calling people in for meetings and, in some cases, publicly humiliating folks. Those are the kind of actions you can expect from a rank amateur who doesn't really understand the tremendous egos he's up against and how to get them to cooperate with him. He bought his own hype and he paid for it down the line. Instead of feeling sorry for him (or, alternatively, playing the race card), how about getting on his back for his amateurish statesmanship? That's where it all started.
Craig September 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
DontTread: If that were true ObongoCare never would have passed. So how do you explain that blunder?
DontTreadOnMeEither September 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
ObongoCare? No bias there, right? When someone states outright that their mission is to do everything they can to make him a "one term president" it is obvious that they do not want to work together. Very simple.
DontTreadOnMeEither September 27, 2012 at 03:43 PM
After he is re-elected in November (and he will), will you please shut up and just deal with it? I thought not.
J. B. Schmidt September 27, 2012 at 03:45 PM
@DontTread Again, are you saying that no other president was disliked by the opposing party? Or that the opposing party did not attempt and desire to make that person a single term president? If I remember correctly, Pelosi and Reid had nasty things to say about Bush's presidency and yet, he got budgets passed.
Jay Sykes September 27, 2012 at 03:59 PM
@Don'tTread... If Obama is re-elected and the House remains in Republican hands and the Senate with the Democrats, why would one conclude that the American people want to move away form the current stalemate?
Craig September 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
If your Messiah gets re-elected, we will go broke as a Country. How will you feel when your mama's SSI checks bounce? When Police stop going to work because they are not getting paid? When the economy sucks like it does, spending to raise the debt more than 100% of GDP is GD dumb. Only once has this Nation faced a higher debt to GDP ratio. After WWII, but we had a booming economy and hugh inflation to offset the debt. Obama spent $6 Trillion in 3 1/2 years, and intends to spend more. I seriously wonder what it would take for you to shut up and deal with it?
Blair Nielsen September 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Great article JB. And the debate has not even got into his failings on world policy.
Bob McBride September 27, 2012 at 05:03 PM
It's always the objective of the other side to limit the president to one term. Was this unknown to you? One thing that's been very interesting to me about this presidency. Things like the fact that the opposing party wants to limit him to one term and that he isn't getting cooperation from the opposing party in Congress seem to be revelations to so many. Either these folks haven't been paying attention all these years to how our government actually operates (or doesn't, depending on your POV) or we have a whole bunch of people who've never before taken an interest in politics who latched onto this guy because of his rock-star status and, for whom, this is an entirely new experience. There's absolutely nothing out of the ordinary about the way things have gone these past 3-1/2 years. Business as usual.
Craig September 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Could you mean he lied and said it was a simple protest that got out of hand? http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/libya-president-benghazi-attack-terrorism-133154516.html
Craig September 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Someone please enlighten me: Does ObongoCare have some hidden meaning that I am unaware of? By my definition it is a half assed attempt at National Health Care with more flaws than real NHC, it also is going to come with a cost that we as Americans can not afford. Let the government pay my bills and I am unlikely to know how high they are getting. Do you think insurance companies will go through beurocratic government red tape for free?
Bren September 27, 2012 at 09:58 PM
It's a game.
J. B. Schmidt September 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
@Bren The NFL or Obama as leader?
Craig September 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Or could you mean enemies threatening us due to a lack of respect because our leader is spineless and a sympathizer? http://news.yahoo.com/ap-interview-ahmadinejad-pushes-world-order-235145610.html
Bren September 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Football. I'm an ardent Green Bay Packer fan and also have a soft spot for the Washington Redskins, but it is a game. And there have been numerous times over the years when I have made the correct call from the 'stands or the tv screen when the official refs failed to do so. ; ) However. There are reasons why there are player and other unions within the NFL, for the same reasons other unions form, among them worker safety. I've seen refs get knocked down on the field, I'm sure you have too. It's not a safe game. I don't see this as a leadership void, more as corporate greed. NFL, settle. Then review the controversial play and set the record straight, you owe the fans that.


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