Posted by: raoulfelder | December 17, 2007

Choosing The Next President

           One thing is for sure.  The absolute dumbest way to choose a candidate is what we are doing now.  Utilizing 30 second sound bites, for instance, the result is, newspapers report that the best comment on a recent debate was Huckabee’s, “Jesus would not have run for President” which, aside from shedding no light on a candidate’s ability to be President, is not capable of logical comprehension. 

            Usually you expect the Democrats to field a varied and interesting cast of characters who want to be President.  Instead, we have Hillary Clinton, whose major achievement is being one step ahead of the Sheriff (and one might add, a couple of steps behind her plastic surgeon – I don’t mean to be catty, but in her early photographs of herself before plastic surgery, she doesn’t even look like a member of her own family), and Barack Obama, who is the Paris Hilton of candidates, i.e., like her, he is famous for being famous, and nothing else.

              The Republicans, on the other hand, have a former preacher, a former mayor, an OB/GYN doctor, two legislators, one of whom was a prisoner of war, and an actor who appears to be in various stages of decay.  Added to this debate was Ambassador Keans who seemed as out of place as a Shakespearean actor becoming a member of the Dead End Kids in a 1930’s movie, and made about as much sense.  In a recent debate, the moderator, who at worst looked like an Elsa Koch impersonator, and at best, a power-mad school marm, cut off even the limited debate that occurred on previous occasions.

            The public is entitled to real debates, because there are real differences and, instead of who said what,  40 years ago, we should be worrying about what is going to happen in the future, and which one of these people could rise to the occasion.  A Roman scholar said, “The only thing constant is change itself.”  Similarly, the only thing we know for sure is that every modern President has had to face some unexpected crisis and had to act decisively in response to it.  People have to make their own choice and, surely, the linchpin should be, Who would you have the most faith in to react appropriately to an unexpected crisis?

            God bless President Bush, but the fact is, the cameras caught him, when they told him about 9/11, as looking virtually brain dead or, to be charitable, like a deer caught in headlights.  We can’t take a chance in such a volatile, dangerous world, to let this happen. 

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