Where are the real leaders? I don’t mean people with a title that says they manage or control something.
I mean the people who when they stand up and speak, command your attention and demand your respect and trust.
It matters not whether history will show them to have erred.
At the time they can do no wrong and that’s all that matters — for my purpose here.
They are so confident, so messiah-like in their convictions that they sway the masses.
Objections and the scare tactics of their opponents fall on deaf ears — ears that hear only the sweet refrain of the music and not the background hiss and distortion.
Such men were Britain’s Winston Churchill, whose speeches rallied multitudes of young volunteers to their death, for God and country, and Adolf Hitler, whose maniacal vision of a pure and perfect race led to death by the millions of Jews, artists, homosexuals, the handicapped, and nearly gave Germany world domination.
It is said that the times produce the leaders. In Canada, the times gave us Trudeau (The Elder), Tommy Douglas, Frank McKenna and others.
In Newfoundland, the times gave us people like Joey Smallwood and Danny Williams.
They make things happen, whether or not they should, by the sheer strength of their will, personality and charisma.
Things will get done. They are nearly unstoppable.
“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” — 1 Corinthians 14:8
I am hearing a lot of uncertain sounds lately and I’m so confused on Muskrat Falls that I don’t know if it’s a good, bad or indifferent thing.
There seems to be more and more doubters and naysayers, and at the same time the project seems to be going full tilt ahead.
It is my belief that we are lacking the leadership on this project that would make it as unstoppable as a runaway train.
If our government believes that Muskrat is a viable project, and that future development of Gull Island is inevitable, and that eventually we will hook up to Churchill Falls, too, and it is our destiny to be a green energy powerhouse, then why is there so much hiss and distortion that seems to drown out the sweet refrain?
I humbly suggest it is leadership.
No matter how hard you work and how smart you are, if you do not have the “royal jelly,” you won’t become the queen bee.
I believe that our premier is a good and kind person.
I am sure she could run any number of corporations or government departments with good results. She would be a loyal friend and a wonderful neighbour.
Will Muskrat Falls and all the other projects that logically follow it become reality or an abandoned dream? Whichever way, it will be because a strong leader emerges to lead one side to victory. Both sides at the moment are leaderless.
One can barely make out the sweet refrain as it is counter-balanced by the hiss and distortion.
Laurie Blackwood Pike writes from Placentia.