Tired Of Our Advice? Seek These For Counsel (Part II)

These last two weeks have found Georgia Republicans taking fire from all sides, from enemies as well as friends. As Icarus notes, tomorrow is going to be the beginning of the end in the latest chapter in this saga of leadership and what happens over the next fortnight will have ramifications for many years to come.

Many names have been thrown into the hat for consideration for leadership. Some deserve praise. Some deserve scorn. But what is happening now is neither a populist revolt or the French Revolution, Gold Dome style. It is thirst for simplicity in a complex world and for leadership that does not waver in the pursuit of freedom and liberty for both the individual and the economy, representatives who do not saddle up to the lobbyist feeding trough, elected officials who honor their vows and commitments to their spouse as well as to the oaths they take upon entering office.

So, why the picture of astronaut Gus Grissom?

Because he gives a perfect case-in-point of how to make a complex situation simple. Take, for example, this passage from Tom Wolfe’s book, The Right Stuff, during the early stages of the Mercury Program:

Asking Gus [Grissom] to “just say a few words” was like handing him a knife and asking him to open a main vein. But hundreds of workers are gathered in the main auditorium of the Convair plant to see Gus and the other six, and they’re beaming at them, and the Convair brass say a few words and then the astronauts are supposed to say a few words, and all at once Gus realizes it’s his turn to say something, and he is petrified. He opens his mouth and out come the words: “Well… do good work!” It’s an ironic remark, implying “… because it’s my ass that’ll be sitting on your freaking rocket.” But the workers start cheering like mad. They started cheering as if they had just heard the most moving and inspiring message of their lives: Do good work! After all, it’s little Gus’s ass on top of our rocket! They stood there for an eternity and cheered their brains out while Gus gazed blankly on them from the Pope’s balcony. Not only that, the workers—the workers, not the management but the workers!—had a flag company make up a huge banner, and they strung it up high in the main work bay, and it said: DO GOOD WORK.

That is all we seek. Those simple words, if done, can apply a cooling salve to the many problems that face Georgia.

But has there been any benefit from these last few weeks? Of course. Maybe elected officials will take pause and consider if a meeting at work can achieve any goals more effectively than drinks and dinner at a Lake Lanier lodge or any variety of other goodies. Maybe some will remember their wedding vows and this important lesson. Some that have sat quiet for years and years will now actually start to fight for the kind of limited government we seek.

We do not seek complex answers nor agree that the nuanced solution is the best. This is a serious time and the clarion call has gone out for responsible leadership. I submit that the majority caucus is in more danger than it realizes and it is now the juncture for those meeting tomorrow to decide if the status quo is sufficient or if a real leadership team is necessary to fill the breach.


  1. IndyInjun says:

    Oh, I thought the Grissom reference was because he was consumed in a fire, but that fire was not of his own making.

    Gus was a hero.

    There are no heroes under that Gold Dome.

      • IndyInjun says:

        Just maybe they have learned that a little COURAGE to speak up in the face of corruption goes a long way toward being able to look constituents in the face and not look complicit in corruption.

        John Adams wrote :

        We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.

        If we don’t get back to being moral soon in a truly transformational sense, we are looking straight at collapse and anarchy. That is what is so hideously ruinous about avoiding the truth in the financial crisis via bailouts. These practices are working to make fools and destitute of the moral in order to enrich fraudsters. You cannot punish the good and reward the evil without ripping asunder the moral fabric holding society together.

      • macho says:

        I agree with you Pete, there are a lot of good men and women under the Dome. Unfortunately, the type of person that rises to power is usually successful at smothering them out.

        • IndyInjun says:

          Where along the line did such people lose the guts to speak out and just plain raise hell when corruption is blatant and intimidation is used?

          We have managed to make thugs rulers over us because no one stands up to their antics.

    • Howard Roark says:

      I have worked with my Senator, Jim Butterworth since he announced for office. He is a guy I would trust with the care of my family and finances. He is a man of character. Lets be careful of making inclusive statements Indy.

      • IndyInjun says:

        Ok, he is on the Senate side and I cannot fault him for acquiescing in a voice vote.

        How did he vote on SB31?

        How did he vote on transferring nearly all property taxes onto homeowners from large landowners?

        If he voted for those 2 things, I would be very wary of the guy.

        • Ludowici says:

          Didn’t see him in the video…. Is that the thing that his Campaign Manager had the competing proeprty for sale but it didn’t get picked? Now THAT would have been a story!

        • Howard Roark says:

          Didn’t see Senator Butterworth in the Video.

          Actually I know many people in Habersham who think JB is doing a great job.

          Now if you want to talk about character I will share this with you. JB’s former campaign manager showed up at a meeting of the board of commission wanting the commission to buy land the manager and a partner owned. Butterworth and the commission said no. Jim would not help the guy who helped him get elected with a favor. Jim put the taxpayers first over his former campaign manager. Character is still alive in Atlanta

          Guess we will just disagree on some things, but with a name like Homer Heretic disagreeing is sort of easy.

        • Howard Roark says:

          So Homer Heretic, HR needs to wake up. Here are my simple rules of life. BTW I am awake and energized.

          Doing the right thing is always the right thing.
          Always be a leader.
          Never compromise principle.

          Good men all follow these basic rules.

  2. IndyInjun says:


    Those two votes transferred the money of the many to the few.

    I can emphatically state that he isn’t serving his constituents.

  3. Joshua Morris says:

    “There are no heroes under that Gold Dome.”

    This statement seems a little harsh. The heroes aren’t always the ones we hear about. I believe there are a few under the dome who really do fight for the right things, even though the odds are often against them.

    Indy, you might consider running for a seat and seeing what criticism you receive after a few years in office. There will always be someone who will find something to criticize about the job you do.

  4. I thought you put Grissom’s photo on there because he barely escaped his sinking ship eg. the Liberty Bell 7, which sank in the Atlantic shortly after splashdown. Could have been a metaphor for something….

  5. Icarus says:

    I really liked this post Pete. One of your best.

    Unfortunately, “Do Good Work” may be too complex for these folks who appear to hooked on the idea of asking somewhat else what to do or taking orders from them.

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