Could this man even be a Democrat today?
For whatever reason, there’s quite bit of chatter going on around the RE.net about the future and role of the REALTOR Association. This Facebook Group is more or less ground zero of the discussion. But I saw an interesting take on the topic from Victor Lund, the influential proprietor of the WAVGroup. Here is his post, worth reading in full:
Remember this leadership statement?
“Let every nation know… that WE shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
More than any political speech, this was the voice of a committed leader.
Who the hell is that crazy neocon Bushitler-sounding warmonger? It’s patently obvious that the Rethuglicans are a danger to global peace.
Anyhow, Victor then goes on to quote Jeremy Conway:
Today Jeremy Conway, my most highly respected industry mentor answered the question.
Is everything NAR does perfect? Certainly not! Is everything NAR is currently doing supportive of everyone in the real estate space? Certainly not! However:
For those who perceive a threat in the present situation, NAR is a suburb [superb?] lifeboat.
For those who perceive the opportunity begging to be discovered in the present situation, NAR is one of the most powerful battleships afloat.
For those who deny any situation exists, NAR is a great insurance policy.
Most importantly, NAR and its local association system are a magnificent action resource that can, with a little effort, be ready, willing and available today with tools that can affect the best result.
As I read these words, I recalled the words of one of our Nations’ greatest leaders once again.
“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”
These are words of empowerment. These words told a nation to contribute to fighting hardship. These words that told a nation that the future was in their almighty hands. Surely, at nearly 1 million strong, REALTORS® have the potential to create their destiny. “Let the word go forth… that the torch has been passed to a new generation” of REALTORS®.
Stirring, indeed… if you’re into all that warmongering Republican rhetoric, anyhow. Wait, what? That wasn’t some Reagan-worshipping Tea Partier? That was John F. Kennedy? That guy who dated Marilyn Monroe?
Okay, smartassery aside, I don’t know if Victor meant to get so close to the heart of the question that confronts the REALTOR Association today, but he did. All he had to do was to use the more famous quote of one Jack Kennedy:
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
I agree with Jeremy Conway that NAR is a “powerful battleship”; I disagree that it is a lifeboat. And in that difference lies the key question of the future of the REALTOR Association. Let me explain.