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Hillary Clinton claims that climate change caused hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee the Middle East. Climate Change caused the Muslim invasion of Europe and soon 18 U.S. cities near you?

Someone needs to shout at the top of their lungs, “You cannot be serious.” Where is John McEnroe when we most need him? Come to think of it, where was John McEnroe when Hillary said one year ago that jobs are not created by business and corporations?

It would be one thing if Hillary’s ridiculous claims were about something inconsequential. But, America’s national security and struggling economy are the two most serious problems America faces today. Serious problems require serious leaders, not career politicians or Washington insiders. We need to identify people with solid experience in national security or job creation, or both, and encourage them to run for local, state and national offices. This is the first in a series of columns about such people. One of the best is Missouri candidate for governor Eric Greitens.

Greitens is part of a new generation of leaders who are committed to change the direction of the country. A humanitarian and Rhodes Scholar, he is also a Navy SEAL who served four tours of duty overseas, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Returning home to Missouri as a combat veteran, Greitens observed firsthand how government institutions like the VA were failing those who have put their lives on the line for our country. This inspired him to start The Mission Continues, a non-profit that empowers veterans to adjust to life at home through redeployment to community service missions. Since it was founded in 2007, The Mission Continues has spread to over 30 cities and granted over 1,000 fellowships.

Through his military service and career serving his fellow veterans, Greitens exhibited true leadership and commitment to the hard work necessary to achieve success. His vision for America and Missouri is based upon a government that works for its citizens again. In order to achieve his vision, he knows the culture of corruption and entitlement, where career-politicians prioritize special interests over those of the public, must end. In order to revive our middle-class he is committed to the implementation of bold reforms like Right to Work and the repeal of burdensome regulations that strangle the ability of our businesses to grow. He believes that the values of our nation demand that we defend every life, including the most vulnerable among us, as well as stand up for those in uniform who protect us every day. At this time of great uncertainty for America, leaders like Eric Greitens will give us hope for the future.

Greitens will help to restore trust in government, which is at an all-time low. Institutions that in the past commanded the respect and trust of our citizens are now failing and deceiving the very people they’re supposed to serve.

Taxpayers now fear that the IRS may target them for their political beliefs while veterans can no longer rely on the Veterans Administration to provide them with the healthcare services they were promised and deserve. Our country’s stature is not just in question domestically, but around the world as well. Once the world’s dominant power, America appears to be in retreat with no clear strategy to combat global terrorism. Our politicians seem to have lost the will to engage in and win the tough fights, content instead to accept the status quo.

After too many years of kicking the can down the road, America is reaching a dead end. As the ideals and institutions that define us as a nation are threatened, the very character of our country is at stake. America now needs leaders whose clarity of vision, determination, and unwavering faith in the American people can lead us through turbulence to prosperity. Serious times like these demand serious leaders: leaders who are able to solve problems and have proven their abilities to get results in tough situations. Eric Greitens is one of these leaders.

Steve Hantler is a retired auto industry executive and contributor to Breitbart News Network.

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