Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and government spending in the current postelection session of Congress, officials said Tuesday, adding that the leadership has quietly collected signatures on a letter pledging to carry out the strategy.
Look, I’m all for representing your constituents. We all have to do it on some level. But if your strategy is “We’ll be against whatever they are for!” you have no business leading a Dunkin’ Donuts, let alone a nation.
We sorely lack leaders who are willing to take a stand on principle, explain their position, stand by it, and then lose graciously when the majority are against them. (Not just in politics, by the way.) Instead, we put people in power and then allow them to pull these kinds of shenanigans.
In a post a while back, I talked about hating “HR People” and loving “HR Professionals.” One difference I mentioned was HR people “don’t push back on leaders making bad decisions,” while the pros “can look that leader in the eye and tell them know, even the CEO.” Maybe I was too hard on HR people. Maybe it’s the leaders who don’t accept pushback that are really the problem. Or at least part of it.
Don’t settle for this, folks. Regardless of your politics or standing in the office world, we need (and should demand) better leaders.