Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Vilsack shows his lack of leadership
Former Iowa governor and United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack showed an incredible lack of leadership when he fired Shirley Sherrod from her position as director of rural development in Georgia. He has tried to paint his reactionary spur-of-the-moment decision after seeing an out-of-context video clip as an act of leadership (see http://politi.co/aPFcE0). Did he even take the time to find out that right-wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart was among those who had posted this clip? Reading Sherrod's own words or watching the video (which can be found at http://bit.ly/csCFtY) shows she's the one demonstrating leadership. And she has earned her stripes by struggling with difficult issues before coming to a conclusion. Vilsack, on the other hand, has shown a propensity for snap decisions without a moments thought. To read more about this, go to http://bit.ly/dChUwT and http://bit.ly/c5DorC.