Who will lead?

I attended CPAC, Conservative Policy Action Conference last week in DC. It was the largest attendance ever with 11,000 people. The conference was three packed full days of many speakers ranging from foreign policy to our budget crisis.  Many of the possible 2012 Presidential contenders were there testing the waters.

I absolutely loved it and had a blast. A friend asked me the day I was leaving if that was fun for me to sit for three days and hear talk after talk. I told her that it was great fun  and I could not wait.  Two of my dear political junkie friends went with me, and every night we compared notes and thoughts from the day. We stayed up late rehashing the day’s events. It is wonderful to be able to converse with others about serious matters facing our nation.  In one of my classes I attended, the speaker told us that we were abnormal and most Americans don’t care about these things. That is quite upsetting and obvious when you look at the state of our nation. I pray more people will wake up and care and get involved before it is too late.

Our nation is at a crossroads, and what we need now is a true leader.  We just recently celebrated the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan.  Almost every hopeful Republican Presidential contender for the White House in two years mentioned Ronald Reagan in their speech. There will never be another Ronald Reagan, but that does not mean that we cannot see someone even greater rise to the top.  Reagan stood up for what he believed in and was not swayed by a poll or the public opinion.  He had true convictions and stood by them, for better or for worse.  Unlike our current President,  who, from my vantage point has no moral compass whatsoever to guide him.  I am hoping and praying for someone to be the one who can challenge him and win.  It will take a strong person who does not waiver in his convictions and does not cater to interest groups who hold the most power.  Even when people don’t agree with a candidate, they appreciate honesty and candor.  For example, Chris Christie spoke to a group of firefighters who were booing him, and this is what he told them, “For 20 years, governors have come into this room and lied to you, promised you benefits that they had no way of paying for, making promises they knew they couldn’t keep, and just hoping that they wouldn’t be the man or woman left holding the bag.  I understand why you feel angry and betrayed and deceived by those people.  Here’s what I don’t understand.  Why are you booing the first guy who came in here and told you the truth.”  Now that is honesty, and it is exactly what we need in a President.

I don’t know if Governor Christie is planning on running. He says he is not.  However, he is exactly the type of man we need. Governor Perry of Texas is another fine leader, and he also says he is not interested.  I have often heard many true public servants say that they did not want the  job but felt called to do it.  I am praying with all my heart for someone to answer that call.  I believe he or she is out there, and that we will nominate the best candidate to run and win in 2012.  We need a servant leader.  Who will it be?