Hi neighbors. If you ever watch any politicians holding what they like to call a debate, you will notice that they all sound pretty good in that forum. Someone has figured out a way to say little or nothing of any significance and sound and look good doing it. A perfect politician's stage!
If it weren't for all of the now popular "dirty" commercials that fill the airwaves shortly afterwards, we'd never hear the rest of the story.
There are several things that quickly become obvious with all these mud slinging commercials. No one candidate is perfect. None of them tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. (It seems they need to be in front of a Congressional hearing and under oath for that.) They are all rich, a lawyer, a career politician, or a rich lawyer who has spent their entire adult life endeavoring to become a career politician.
If they were in a police line up, it would be impossible to tell one from another based on their rap sheet.
One of my parents was a Republican and the other a Democrat. Every presidential election they would go to the polls simply to cancel out each other's vote. For weeks before the election they would not talk about who was the "best man" for the job of president. They would talk about who was the lesser of the two evils.
In their minds, anyone who would run for president of the United States had to have an ulterior motive; or a mental health issue.
My father, fresh from the European battlefield of World War II, said anyone who wanted to lead a nation of warriors, should have spent time with a gun in his hands facing the enemy.
My mother, who came from a long line of back hills moonshine still steamers and big city bathtub beer bottlers, would say that a man should have a little street savvy and self reliance and not trust so much in "big brother" (in the form of big government or organized crime) to run things right.
Since I've been old enough to vote myself I have often thought of their methods of determining what a good president -- male or female -- should have to offer to the public.
It seems a lot of the people I've had to choose from had more hinted crime connections than self reliance or military experience.
My parents listened to one debate in their life that I remember and that was Nixon vs. Kennedy. They were not too impressed with either one, although Mom thought Kennedy was a lot better looking.
My parents always said it didn't matter what a politician said. They thought politicians' opinions would change depending on who was listening to them. They said the only way to determine politicians' true colors was to see how they have lived their lives.
Most candidates for president that I've had to consider voting for have had much more experience running for office, fund raising, and making or inheriting money than anything useful.
Would you hire someone as a CEO whose only listed job history on their resume was running for office? How about if their only job skills were schmoozing for money and working a room? Come to think of it, I guess those are ideal job skills for being a politician.
But how about job skills needed for being president of the United States of America?
What should the president be able to do? What should they already know going into office?
First, they should have a great understanding and knowledge of history: the United States' history and world history.
They should know all the current countries of the world and what type of government they have. They should know who controls which resources and how that impacts America.
They should understand world economy and how that can be influenced by various non-governmental corporations.
They should have an understanding of military strategy and warfare. They should know who respects American traditions, and who doesn't. They should have a basic understanding of what other countries and their governments want for their futures and how that might impact their relationship with America.
First, and foremost, they should know who the American people are; what they want; what their current struggles are and what they need to keep America strong.
America's strength IS the American people -- and that should remain the foremost thought for any person who wants to run for president.
In this November's election I cannot choose who is the lesser of evils. I suggest that every voter in America write in their own name for president and vice-president and hope at least one politician can figure out why.