I’m not one to put my political or social beliefs on a bumpersticker. In fact, if you can summarize your beliefs in these areas on a bumpersticker, I’d be really worried. Having said this, I can summarize my feelings about American politics in two bullets:
1. “Career politicians” have ruined the system. It no longer is a civic duty that these people are being elected to do, but a job that they are trying to keep. We’ve covered this before, so I’ll leave it there.
2. The current slate of “leaders” aren’t really good leaders. I mean this on all sides of the political spectrum.
So in reference to the latter, I came across this article which does a good job of breaking down the issue and really hits home for me. The author outlines the following reasons why a candidate isn’t the right person:
- If you flinch every time your leader speaks, he’s the wrong guy.
- If Congress, staffer, policy analyst, etc. is the best job this guy could have ever gotten, he’s the wrong guy.
- If he’s lived in DC more than a decade, he’s probably the wrong guy.
- If he sounds like the people on TV and not the people in Church, temple, work, or the Rotary, he’s the wrong guy.
- If he uses hackneyed phrases like ‘traditional family values’ and ‘tax and spend liberal’ instead of normal English, he’s the wrong guy.
- If you wouldn’t hire him to run your own business, or recommend him to the owner of the company that you work for, then he’s the wrong guy.
Regardless of the media-bashing and now failed-McCain-advisor-bashing, I think Sarah Palin is part of the next cadre of Republican leaders. This list should include: Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele, Tim Pawlenty, and Eric Cantor. Hopefully, they will be recognized and mantled with more responsibility. To that end, GorT has heard local rumors that Mr. Steele might take over the RNC leadership role. As mentioned before, the Fourth Turning (book and website) is worth reading as a possible insight as to why we’re at a loss for good leadership presently.
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