This is the quality that all leaders should have

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Authenticity. It’s something that certainly seems to be in short supply in America today, especially when it comes to our leaders. Do you feel like you know what any of the politicians in Washington really believe? Or even why they believe it? With few exceptions, you probably don’t. And that’s a big, big problem – because America has changed and the people demand authenticity and character from our leaders.

On the radio show today, Glenn explained exactly what he wants out of leaders – and it’s a lesson every poltician needs to learn.

Below is an edited transcript of Glenn’s monologue on authenticity:

We live today in a society of misfits and underdogs and tramps. Everybody today is weird. The days of sitting in an office wearing a suit and tie or a skirt and a blouse while taking orders from a boss or taking dictation rapidly coming to an end. We feel more free to dress casually. We feel more free to question leaders. We feel more free to shave every third day, at most.

Walk into a Starbucks at peak hours, you see it. This is America. Some are in line, some are in a hurry, some are seated alone, some are sitting there with their computer or tablet, some are seated together having personal or business discussions, but I will tell you it is not the coffee shop of 1958. And that’s a good thing.

But now look at the Republican Party. Let’s look at Mitt Romney during his campaign, George W. Bush in the White House, or his father. Look at Ronald Reagan as president, Ford or Nixon. White shirts, neatly pressed suits, neatly parted hair, fathers who were king of their castle, fathers know best, ‘my way or the highway’ kind of dads. And there’s nothing wrong with this.

When Reagan, however, was on his ranch, that was a different thing because it bucked that image that the Hollywood crowd and the progressive left liked to create for Ronald Reagan. It changed who you knew he was. When he was in jeans and a flannel shirt and he was on the back of his horse, you knew who he was, the true Ronald Reagan. He should have spent more time there.

I don’t know about you, but as a voter I’m not looking for a dad. I don’t need another dad. I got one. And when I was under his roof and he was paying the bills, I followed his rules.

What I do want is a politician that has strong morals, strong beliefs, convictions, somebody who will actually stand up for what they believe and know what they believe.

When I did my interview with FOX, it was the strangest interview I’ve ever had in my life. Roger Ailes had invited me for dinner, and I sat down for dinner, and he asked me some of the strangest questions I’ve ever been asked. I mean, it was a genius interview, it really was. I sat down and he said to me, “What’d you think of the Korean War,” something like that. And I happened to be reading something at the time about that time period. So I skated.

The third question was, “What did you think of the China summit in 1972?” And I looked at him and I said: “You know what, Mr. Ailes? I could bluff right now, I could bluff and I could tell you a bunch of stuff that I’m pulling out of the air but I have a feeling you’re smart enough to know that I’m completely bluffing. So I’m going to do something that could blow this whole interview, but that’s okay. Uh… I have no idea about that treaty and the summit. I have no idea, and I’d completely be bluffing if I said otherwise.”

He said, Hmmm. And then sat in silence for about five minutes and said nothing. And neither did I. And I was like, “Well, that was a short interview. That was good.”

He just kept throwing me up against the wall. I think I lost about 8 pounds sitting at a meal with that guy. It was brilliant. I don’t know if he does this to other people, but it was absolutely brilliant.

At the end, he got up from the table and I thought, ”I’ll never see this guy again.” He got up from the table and he said, “Young man, it’s good to be with people who actually know what they believe, but more importantly, know why they believe it. We’ll talk again.”

And that was it.

That’s really what I want from a candidate. I want somebody who not only knows what they believe, but I want to know why they believe it. I want to know that they know why they believe it.

In fact, forget about politics. I want that in life. If I have a boss, that’s what I want from a boss. That’s what I want from coworkers. It’s what I want from employees. Why do you believe that? Why’d you do that?

I want somebody who I could actually sit down with at a Starbucks and have a real conversation. I’m not looking for an authoritarian figure. I want somebody who understands what it’s like to be out in the real world.

Do you know when they — when they put this healthcare thing together, they didn’t have anybody who had actually started a business before. What a surprise. They’re not surrounded by anybody who runs a business or has ever run a business. They don’t know. And that’s why it’s running so poorly: Because they don’t put any stock. You didn’t build this. The government did. They just really believe that running a business just happens: You open up the door, you sell stuff, you rip people off, you go home at night and count your money. That’s what they really believe business is and so when they had to do something that revolved around business, it didn’t work.

You know, authoritarian figures, we talk about dictators being bad, but Father Knows Best I get. I get. It’s not a dictator that’s setting boundaries and raising responsible kids. Dictators don’t do that. Dictators set rules and treat you like a child, but we’re equals, aren’t we? Aren’t we equals? If I elect you to a job, aren’t you an equal? Do you feel that anybody in Washington, Republican or Democrat, are treating you like an equal? That’s the image they try to give to everybody.

I’m not looking for an authoritarian leader. I’m looking for a leader of individuals and one who understands the individual, a leader who speaks from the heart, a leader who knows who he is, authentically knows who he is, isn’t afraid to show it, a leader who isn’t all about himself but is about the individual. They may not know the individuals by name or anything else but knows that that’s really what it’s all about.

Put aside the ideological differences that we might have. Those are important, but not the purpose here. What the conservatives need, what libertarians need, what TEA Party people need is Reagan on his ranch, Harry Truman in his Buick. When Harry Truman went home from the president, he didn’t take a helicopter to a plane. He said, “Pull the Buick up.” They said, “Mr. President, you haven’t driven for a long time.” He said, “I know. I want to drive home.” In fact, he drove home. He said, “I’ve never been on the new highway system. I want to drive home.” So he drove home. Cops stopped him halfway home. Bess slid over on those big bench seats and said, “Officer, would you tell him he’s driving too slow?” He said, “Mrs. Truman? Mr. President?”.

We want a leader who just wants to be a normal guy, a leader who listens, a leader who cares, a leader who will sit down and have a real conversation, and it’s not about what’s after the presidency. Not somebody who comes across as a guy like that, but somebody who is a guy like that.

So many politicians, including TEA Party politicians say, “What America deserves…the American people deserve better…Our Constitution clearly states that all men are created equal.” Every time I hear one of these guys say something like that, I feel like they’re talking to the room. They’re talking to this big collective thing. You see it in the Senate, you see it in the House, you see it in the White House, you see it on the campaign trail. It’s like you’re watching C-Span all the time.

Tell me who you are. Tell me a story about what America is, but actually believe that story. Say “you” when you talk. Talk to me one on one. Reach down. Take a sip of coffee and have a real conversation. Tell me that you hear what I’m saying but “You know, I think I disagree with you.” Even if you know I’m going to dislike it. I’d much rather have an authentic leader, an authentic human than anything we’re seeing prop up.

Tomorrow is election day and there’s more choices in front of America, and we will indeed make those choices one way or another. But we will make the choice of more authoritarian rule, and that comes from the Republicans and the Democrats. The Republicans are just as bad, gang. Boy, did I used to get yelled at for that. “Stop saying the Republicans are just as bad.” They are. In fact, they may be worse. Because at least with the Democrats, they’re not saying that they’re against authoritarian rule. They’re not saying “I’m so against big government” and then give it to you.

Tomorrow we make some more decisions, but every day we make decisions. Every day we decide who we’re going to be.

I will tell you that in many ways I’m really optimistic. In many ways I know that what’s coming will be good. Might be painful along the way, but it will be good. And my imagination, as big as my imagination is, I can’t imagine what God has in store. I can’t imagine what you’re doing in your life. I can’t imagine all of the things that are happening all around the world that are good right now. But I know they’ll happen. The question is will we be brave enough to be ourselves? Will we be brave enough and wise enough to choose somebody who really is real? Will we be brave enough to say they don’t all have to be that way? They don’t all have to be on the take.

Did you see Mike Lee had a ten minute ovation? I think people came out to the park, so they had to stand. But a ten-minute ovation for Mike Lee on Saturday. Do you know that Ted Cruz’s popularity rating is at 80% here in the state? You’re not hearing that, are you? And by the way, it’s not 80% Republican in Texas. I don’t know if you know that. That tells you something. That tells you something: That people want somebody just to say “This is who I am and this is what I’m going to do.”.

What’s more disturbing is that we don’t seem to care about it. What’s more disturbing perhaps is that The New York Times, in an editorial, said that he didn’t lie, he didn’t really lie. When he said you can keep your doctor and you can keep your health insurance and that they had the studies that showed that up to 80 million people would lose their health insurance, now we find out, this week we find out that that number is actually 125 million, half of the population of the United States? They knew half of the population of the United States would lose their doctor and their health insurance and yet, he went on the road over and over and over and over and over again and said “You’ll be able to keep your doctor if you like them, you’ll be able to keep your health insurance” when they knew half of the population of the United States would lose their health insurance. And the New York Times said he misspoke. Boy. I think we all need a new dictionary because you know what? We’ve created the Tower of Babel because it’s like babbling to me.

I have no idea what anybody’s even talking about anymore.

I speak a different language. That language is common sense. Things that you don’t have to teach people. They just find them to be self-evident.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Character, authenticity, integrity, wisdom, common sense.

    Sun Tzu stated: to know yourself, and to know your adversaries, is to be victorious in all battles, and in all matters. Today we put it in simpler terms: walk the walk, talk the talk, and live the life you claim to so that others see you are what you claim.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    People once said you either were born with common sense, or you never had it. I hold there is a third matter with common sense – if the human mind and character are not tried in the fires of adversity, challenged in the trials of life itself, common sense cannot grow due to never being exercised.

  • landofaahs

    Why is it called common sense when it is so un-common? LOL I agree that we should use fact and reason the highest form of which is to be found in Christ……PS. I do not intend to respond directly to the disagreeing liberals. I will post a new post and not reply directly. I will do this to force you to waste your time looking for it or force you to be a follower of mine like the little sheep you are.

  • landofaahs

    Nice to hear from you again Snow. I pray you are doing well.

  • landofaahs

    First of all, they should not be liars like Obama, Hillary, Reid, Pelosi, and all liberal progressives.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Obama never asked the doctors or the healthcare providers when the started this whole bull because if they did they would actually made healthcare affordable but instead we got the unaffordable act or Obamacare. We need a real leaders like Washington not the fakes on both sides.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Doing alright, have not seen you around here for some time, is all well?

    I think one of the local trolls here has followed me over to Brightbart and is making the usual range of insults, innuendo and slander, followed by threats.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Agreed.

  • Obi_Jectivist

    “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”Ayn Rand

  • Anonymous

    About halfway through I thought “Glenn wants Pope Francis for president?”

    But seriously, its gonna be hard to find an authentic person in public life. Authenticity doesn’t work well when anything that is said can be sliced, diced and sound bited to create distortion and obfuscation.

    The other obstacle is the cultural restrictions placed on people whether they realize it or not. Most people (and i will include myself in this) only have the foggiest idea of reality. We all live in a virtual realm of culturally constructed beliefs about who we are. I may think that i’m being authentic, when in reality I am just playing out the role that I have picked for myself. Is wearing a suit and tie any more authentic than wearing ratty jeans and a t-shirt?

    The most authentic person would have to be someone who has little to no contact with the modern culture, has established no relationship with society and refuses to place any value on his/her relationship with others.

  • Anonymous

    sorry, i meant to say “obama bad!!”

  • Jason Holmes

    “Ultimate power corrupts ultimately” there will never be an honest man with a job title of politician and there never has been we had a very few with strong moral fiber but man is way to wicked I only hope we can lighten the load with voting these imbeciles out and put some real voice of the people back in we the peoples government

  • HP McLovincraft

    (farts)

  • Anonymous

    The “true Ronald Reagan”?? On a horse? With a cowboy hat? The only “authentic” ranching Reagan did was as an “authentic” actor. Oh, the Hollywood-types didn’t like that image of Reagan? The one they gave him? And I bet the now-Libertarian GB has forgotten how Reagan fingered suspected communists for the FBI–our first domestic, state-sponsored spy agency.

    There are no “authentic” politicians. It’s the 21st century–it’s all about branding. Obama, sadly, epitomizes this reality. All outer shell, all high-minded rhetoric, not a scintilla of useful substance. Ideological consistency? For anyone who has listened to GB for at least two years understands how much his political outlook has evolved. Keep searching for ideological purity, you’ll never find that either.

  • HP McLovincraft

    (belch)

  • Anonymous

    Beck is making a critical point here, about knowing WHY you believe what you believe. It goes to the heart of the reason that so many conservatives have so much trouble explaining the reason for their beliefs.

    The vast majority of conservatives hold their value-system for exactly one reason: because their parents told them to think that way.

    This is not to say that that they were wrong to do so. They saw how successful their parents were, so when they wanted to be like that too. It’s hard to argue with success.

    But it leaves the conservative bereft of any meaningful frame of reference when they argue with liberals. They don’t really understand WHY their views are better, or even WHAT possibilities exist, beyond specifically observed examples of good or bad choices.

    On the other hand, someone who was raised in a liberal environment, and then, at one point, chose to abandon their leftist beliefs and embrace conservatives values, is in a completely different position.

    Such a person is far more well-armed to defend his opinions. His values were constructed from the ground up, not adopted unquestioningly. He understands the thoughts of those who disagree. He has weighed the opposing ideas, considered the implications, and made a well-considered decision.

    That’s why I greatly favor Rand Paul over Ted Cruz as the next POTUS.

    Not that Paul was ever a liberal, but he has definitely broken from his father on many issues. Some of the differences are stark, so I trust Paul to be able to defend his values, and not get caught up in word-games and semantic traps.

    Ted Cruz, on the other hand, holds nearly identical views as his father. He did not ever have to build his belief-system. He had an extremely good one rith there in his home, so all he had to do is go along.

    And it is for that reason that I think Ted Cruz would simply not make as good a President as Rand Paul.

    In the end, I think that Rand Paul knows WHY he believes what he believes, in detail and with certainty. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, just believes what he believes because he believes it. And in the challenging and strange times that lay ahead, I think that just won’t be good enough.

  • Anonymous

    Okay Glenn so you think America will rebound right??? Do you really believe that or is it, shall we say, wishful thinking, or am I just the big fat cynic???? Guess I’m leaving myself wide open for that last comment, if so, so be it.

  • HP McLovincraft

    (fart)

  • HP McLovincraft

    Wide Open….huh huh huh huh

  • HP McLovincraft

    If ideas were babies you just had an abortion. Oh look! Baby hands!

  • nutt

    Very inept understanding of the statement – you’ve totally ignored the ‘know your adversaries’ part.

  • nutt

    And Reagan.

  • Scott Todd

    No, Bruce, the one who is authentic will be him/herself despite the media treatment, not someone who has little to no contact with the rest of society. The one who is authentic is one who can change culture within the context of that culture, not someone who has never been touched by it. The one who has little to no contact is not authentic, but rather is feral.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.

  • Mr_TrueReality

    Hey :-) A kindred spirit!
    This quote is from one of Rand’s principle influences.
    i’m sure you knew this but for the benefit of others:

    “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/friedrichn134044.html#G4XsLplXGrI0qCT5.99
    Mr TR

  • Anonymous

    You are right in your thinking. The bible plainly states: ‘let your yes be yes and your no be no.’ To live as Christ lived and to be a person of your word.

  • Scott Toelke
  • landofaahs

    Your name is appropriate.

  • landofaahs

    I’m doing better than ever. I’ve helped protect some clients assets and it’s a wonderful feeling. Even pro bono. Anything to stick it to the insane Uncle of theirs who is going to try to rip them off.
    I smile when they make insults because we are blessed when we are persecuted for righteousness sake. Besides, it exposes their true hearts to all readers of their posts. Of course I encourage them some too knowing that it elevates their blood pressure.

  • landofaahs

    Ronaldus Magnus. A true leader. That’s for the “Nutt” that posts his dumb statements.

  • John Rivas

    Those who profess no limits to the actions which can be taken in the majority’s name are actively undermining morality, liberty, prosperity, and democratic processes.

  • John Rivas

    Patriots: Defend liberty from the ideological highwaymen in our midst: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • nutt

    Good retort – original and cutting (gives round of applause).

    I’m still right though…

  • landofaahs

    You are not “Right”, You are left like all Nutts. LOL I had to reply direct to make sure you got it.

  • Deb

    IF peepz don’t wise up in ’16 and vote these liars out, then they deserve what they get or don’t get…and that can/will yes can be very expensive! Now/Later!

  • Deb

    Yeah common sense, combined with a little truth, never hurt anyone! Or overcharged them for past dealz made with Insurance Bigots!

  • HP McLovincraft
  • HP McLovincraft

    Or false Christians like landofaahs.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Go back to your cat lady jack off sessions.

  • HP McLovincraft

    You are a False Christian, so you should shut the fuck right up.

  • HP McLovincraft

    People also say that people who jack off to cartoon cat ladies are warped motherfuckers.

  • HP McLovincraft
  • HP McLovincraft

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08DmdSFu5Vk

    lick it, kiss it, love it, don’t spit it.

  • HP McLovincraft

    It’s spelled Breitbart, dumbshit.

  • HP McLovincraft
  • HP McLovincraft

    You mean you got fucked in the ass by some clients.

  • HP McLovincraft
  • HP McLovincraft

    Or, I could take you to the Glory Hole!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08DmdSFu5Vk

  • HP McLovincraft

    Prepare to be sad in 2016, dumbasses!

  • HP McLovincraft

    Patriots: Defend Liberty from Teabagging Cock Warts!

  • HP McLovincraft
  • HP McLovincraft

    I took Nancy Reagan to the Glory Hole.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08DmdSFu5Vk

  • HP McLovincraft

    Scott Tard Fail.

  • WASP

    “Authenticity. It’s something that certainly seems to be in
    short supply in America today, especially when it comes to our leaders.
    Do you feel like you know what any of the politicians in Washington
    really believe? Or even why they believe it? With few
    exceptions, you probably don’t. And that’s a big, big problem – because
    America has changed and the people demand authenticity and character
    from our leaders.”

    Not enough people demand it, and even more don’t really understand it. It is a NOUN. “the quality or state of being authentic; genuineness”

    example: misspell “genuineness” and use spellcheck and it might say genius or ingenious or some other derivative and your liberal freaks run amuck thinking it applies to them when they are just bleeptards. I’de like to string them up like leotards. The stench in D.C. is rife with people such as these. And it is at a point that anyone of note understands the problem or they don’t, we are at THAT point. Are we not? Because I’m tired of talking. I really am, I want to reach down throats and rip out spines. God’s honest truth. I don’t care about “I” or “me” or “my legacy”, I don’t give a flying F@#K who’s sh!t it is either, LET’S CLEAN IT UP. If Everyone would get their own house in order, then help your neighbor IF THEY WANT THE HELP, we would be nearly there. Those scum, those liberal marxist twisted freaks from hell get off our shores, we know who YOU are. You change or you leave. And you WILL.

  • WASP

    See what I mean, taking 45-70 to spider, kaboom

  • nutt

    Oh yeah; see what you did there – brilliant (stands up and gives another round of applause)

    I’m still right though…