Our Next President
March 20, 2006
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I’m not sure that it makes a lot of difference whether our next president is a Democrat or Republican. Responsible Liberal or responsible Conservative. We have been badly governed over the last five years. A new direction is sorely needed.
Our main problem is that the nation has become well nigh ungovernable. We have some terrible commitments that we can’t seem to escape. We are maxed out financially. The environment is in extremely dangerous condition, perhaps irreversible. The morale of the nation is in shreds. We are deeply divided. The Senate and the House are the worst in years. It’s a mess.
One important issue in selecting a new president for 2008 may well be finding and electing someone who has some understanding of the proper use of presidential power. I believe this is the source of many of our nation’s most serious problems. The president is supposed to be a leader, not a boss. This is lost on the current administration.
We’ve had too much of the strutting, paranoid, doctrinaire, empire building, tin-eared style of leadership. I, for one would like to see a president who knows how to get along with people. I would like to see one who is able to laugh at himself. I would like to see one who has some genuine humility. I would like to see one who does not have all the answers but no questions. I would like to see one who can surround himself with good people and be secure enough within himself to listen to them. I would treasure wisdom, tact and balanced judgment. I would like to see one who inspired respect and good will.
For different reasons, at this point I am not able to be comfortable with Hillary Clinton or John McCain.
The other candidates in both parties, for the most part, hardly seem to qualify as giants.
I am most impressed with Gov. Mark Warner (Democrat of Virginia), Senator Barack Obama (Democrat of Illinois) and Gov. Mitt Romney (Republican of Massachusetts). (see above)
I May be wrong, but people like these at least keep me from moving to New Zealand or British Columbia. Of course, my age might be another factor.