Veni, Vidi, Vici.” (I came, I saw, I conquered.)
“The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look.”
“Without training, they lacked knowledge. Without knowledge, they lacked confidence. Without confidence, they lacked victory.”
Gaius Julius Caesar. Caesar, Roman General, conqueror, and member of the First Triumvirate was undoubtedly a man of fearlessness. This fearlessness aided him in achieving great glory, but it also helped lead to his death during the Ides of March when he was assassinated. He’d been warned not to go to the Senate that day.
Courage has been the hallmark of all of the world’s leaders throughout history. A leader cannot lead without boldness. It is simply impossible. And Kevin McCarthy is finding that out firsthand.
McCarthy is an odious man, to be sure, but he is also a wimp. I do not say that snarkily. I mean it as a statement of fact. McCarthy will be remembered in history but for all the wrong reasons.
Weakness among a leader or a potential leader cannot and will never be worthy of respect. This weakness may aid Kevin in the short term in that he will be liked by the more extreme members of the GOP non-party. Or will he?
Tolerating someone is not liking them. I will submit that McCarthy is probably tolerated much more than liked. He seems to be looked upon with amusement. He is most definitely not looked upon as someone who can get things done.
We know this in the constant threats of insurrection supporting idiots who are using McCarthy’s weaknesses to bully him — and he is letting it happen.
McCarthy’s extreme fears of not being liked have contributed to the downfall he has found himself in. What is sad about this story is that McCarthy could clean this whole mess up in a minute — all with a bit of courage.
And yet, he persists. He persists with his glum passivity. He persists with his denials of regular abnormalities within his caucus. He persists with his lack of courage.
The two words “courage” and “leader” must always go together. It is impossible to achieve magnificence as a leader without courage because courage molds and shapes said leader’s decisions.
And McCarthy is going to get to a point where his weak blinders are taken off, and he will have to look at himself as what he is — a weak and obsequious courtier who trembles before imaginary kings who see him as the weakling that he is.