Ode to Weak Leaders whom we can no longer afford to follow

In 1940, as Hitler’s intentions became manifestly apparent, British politicians finally began to realize that Winston Churchill had been right and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had been very, very wrong. Here is an excerpt from a speech given by Leo Amery, who was a British Member of Parliament at the time.

Check out what he had to say about Chamberlain, shortly before the disgraced Prime Minister was forced to leave office.

Via The Guardian:

Somehow or other we must get into the government men who can match our enemies in fighting spirit, in daring, in resolution and in thirst for victory. Some 300 years ago, when this house found that its troops were being beaten by the dash and daring of Prince Rupert’s cavalry, Oliver Cromwell spoke to John Hampden. In one of his speeches he recounted what he said. It was this: “I said to him, ‘Your troops are most of them old, decayed serving men and tapsters and such kind of fellows’… You must get men of a spirit that are likely to go as far as they will go, or you will be beaten still.”

It may not be easy to find these men. They can be found only by trial and by ruthlessly discarding all who fail. We are fighting today for our life, for our liberty, for our all; we cannot go on being led as we are. I have quoted certain words of Oliver Cromwell. I will quote certain other words. This is what Cromwell said to the Long Parliament when he thought it was no longer fit to conduct the affairs of the nation: “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.”

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As for why we have far too many weak leaders, Al Pacino sums it up quite nicely.

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