Sunday, February 17, 2008

Roundup On The Already Dusty Campaign Trail

McCain is trying to be nice, Clinton is trying to be liked, and Obama is trying to be wise.

Great, now we have to endure the search for the "winning factor".

What will get the masses to vote for each of the candidates?

How about the candidates be who they really are, and tell us what they really want to do?

Since Presidents have usually had limited power (current President's grossly greedy power grabs notwithstanding) they are more of a figurehead until they convince the country of a particular idea, ideal or policy.

Sure they can suggest legislation, and they can veto legislation, but generally their effect on citizens is somewhat removed - such as appointing judges and (occasionally) Supreme Court Justices.

They do control who heads all the Cabinet positions, and those choices do have ramifications for all of us in some way or another, but until they put us in a war, they can have little direct effect on the mass of Americans.

They do, however, have a lot to do with our reputation and standing in the rest of the world.

These are things we must look to when deciding who to vote for in November.

So we need to know more about what they believe, what they want to do, and why.

But that is always the case.

Sound bites have replaced most substance, and debates do what little can be done to try to change that fact.

Clinton, Obama or McCain would likely all be decent Presidents.

One has to believe any of them would be better than our current one.

But what are the qualities of the leader we want, the leader we need, and the leader we deserve?

And can those be found in the same person?


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