From Canada Free Press:
January 8, 2011
By Kelly OConnell
Euphoria bordering upon madness is expressed for Timothy Richard Tebow. This affection cannot merely be explained by his recent football success. For example, Michael Jordan became the world’s most celebrated athlete through his frequent championships and scoring titles. While Tebow won the Heisman Trophy and several national college championships, he was subsequently dismissed as a gimmick, unfit for the pro level. After being drafted, Tim’s professional victories quickly became the stuff of legend, with repeated come-from-behind victories. And now, after some embarrassing losses, one gets the feeling that Tebow’s critics are pleased and hope he is quickly hustled off the NFL stage. Yet his supporters remain unrepentant.
So why is Tim Tebow so immensely popular? Let’s assume America’s majority Christian population is so starved for some show of principled leadership that they felt an instant affinity for the rugged, virtuous and humble evangelical. But did it take the remarks of another NFL quarterback to put an explanation on the point? Injured rookie NY Jets backup QB revealed the leadership vacuum found not only in the NFL, but also in Washington. NY Jet Greg McElroy criticized his teammates for their selfishness which he claimed led to failure, stating the Jet’s suffered from a “corrupt mindset” in their locker room.
Consider for a moment the current Obama administration as a similarly corrupt group dying from a lack of leadership. But now ponder injecting Tebow-esque leadership the American public craves.
Tim Tebow—Unafraid Under Fire, Leading With a Smile
Tim Tebow is the current and highly controversial starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He’s known for his very public professions of his Christian faith in addition to heroic comebacks from seemingly impossible late-game deficits. He lacks some polish but has intangibles that everyone now acknowledges—some belatedly—true leadership under fire.
There are typically many impressive traits in successful athletes, but Tebow seems imbued with the rarest instincts seen in only the most exemplary. Some attributes Tebow is well-known for are: kindness; work-ethic; humility; charitable labors; generosity, easy going nature; refusal to take slights personally; piety; encouragement of others never to give up; purity; cheerfulness; physical courage; mental strength under pressure; refusal to blame others; ability to take unpopular stands; faithfulness; belief in others; ability to develop a vision; forthrightness; defense of the less fortunate; generosity of spirit; communication and speaking ability; sharing credit in victory with others; refusal to back down from danger; etc.
Tebow’s extreme popularity is, of course, somewhat a byproduct of his winning record simply because it gave him increased exposure and labeled him as one who knew how to succeed. And yet there is little doubt he would remain popular if he were bounced from football simply because he is seen as a standup guy and a real man with uncompromising ethics. More to the point, Tebow is seen as representative of America’s Christian beliefs. He seems to make all of his decisions with a total commitment to his faith in mind without compromising his goal of earning victory. In this sense, most Americans see Tim as having the highest level of leadership values whether he ever throws another spiral.
Yet, what would Tebow-esque leadership look like in the White House? Let’s examine what a moral vision could achieve for America.
Barack claims the rich unfairly steal from the poor and so we must “share the wealth.” Further, the federal government must kick-start any recovery with massive seed money.
How would Tebow answer? How would he help create jobs for unemployed Americans—the estimated 11% needing work and the 20% underemployed? Knowing the horrific toll of poverty from his lifetime of aiding dirt-poor Filipinos in their impoverished islands, he’d do whatever he could to help Americans find work. Since Obamacare has blocked new hires across the continent he would ask his party to help repeal it. This would open the floodgate of hiring and immediately put bacon and beans on the table across the land.
Tebow has All-American character. He espouses capitalistic values that are foundational to America: Competitiveness, ownership, responsibility, hard work, optimism, faith and persistence.
Further, as a patriotic supporter of our Constitution, Tim would take pride in helping eliminate an act of tyranny against US liberty.
B. International Relations
Barack claims the US has acted as a bully and needs to have humbler foreign policy. His chief means is pulling out of wars then funding and supporting foreign uprisings. The latter has tended to empower Islamists in their goal of creating a Shari’a-based Middle-East.
How would Tebow handle international relations were he Commander in Chief? It is inconceivable, given the terrible carnage created by Muslim insurgents in Mindanao—where he used to live—that he would help them gain power. Such a policy would needlessly lead to many deaths and much suffering. So he would not coddle Muslims by arming them in Egypt, Libya or Syria, as he is doing today, for example.
C. Accountability & Responsibility
No leader can inspire confidence in others if he never accepts responsibility for mistakes. Barack has made a fetish of blaming others for errors and pretending his bad decisions have resulted in unprecedented success. In other words, he only takes responsibility for being right. (Or, like Charlie Sheen says, “Winning!!!”)
But Tim has repeatedly takes blame for any failure associated with his tenure, and just as refreshingly—seeks to give credit to others for his successes. Certainly such an attitude is the hallmark of a winner. He said after a loss,
Well, obviously when you lose it’s just not good enough, and for me it wasn’t good enough. I just have to get better and learn from my great coaches and just come out next week and try to be a better quarterback, a better leader and be a better player. You’ve just got to find a way to put your team in the end zone. We had a nice drive going, and I fumbled—and that was very disappointing—just trying to fight for extra yards. And we had other opportunities we just couldn’t take advantage of. We’ve just got to find a way.
Imagine how much more credibility Barack might have with the average American if he took such an approach to problems.
D. Team Building: Encouraging Others
A large part of being a leader is encouraging your followers, some of whom you will not naturally be in agreement with over some subjects. Yet, Obama seems to enjoy blaming and antagonizing other Americans with whom he disagrees, as when he said:
So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. (audio)
To the contrary, Tebow seems to love to build up his troops, as when he said to the Broncos before their miracle comeback victory at Chicago: “Let’s stick together, all 60 minutes!” (audio) He said afterward,
“If you believe, unbelievable things can sometimes be possible.”
One of the deepest desires of a political constituency is to have their values be taken seriously by leaders. In a constitutional democratic republic like America this is also a prerequisite to lawful policy. Tragically, Barack Obama has fully embraced the idea that the job of enlightened government is to dazzle, baffle or bamboozle the public into receiving policies they would not accept if presented straightforwardly.
It must be seen as a fundamental failure of the Obama administration that many American citizens cannot explain whether Barack is purposely or accidentally ruining the country. Further, his repeated attacks against the US and big government policies have badly damaged America. Without someone willing to sacrifice and make good choices as president, the US may never recover from Barack’s horrific depredations against liberty. But with the leadership style and values of Timothy Richard Tebow in the White House, who could stop America from soaring again?!