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  • My Dream President

       June 01, 2004

    My dream presidential candidate would:

    1. Be from the so-called ďfly overĒ states. Besides being friendlier, more open and more optimistic than most of the folks on the coast, he or she would also have learned how to deal with an extreme climate (well below zero in the winter and well into the 90s in the summer) from an early age. Think about it, wouldnít you want a leader who has mastered driving in snow, knows what to do in a tornado and can deal with a heat wave even without AC? Nothing toughens a person like living through 100 plus degree temperature swings in a calendar year.

    2. Played a team sport growing up, but also has an individual sport or hobby theyíre passionate about now. Participating in the team sport means they know how to work with others, how to accept coaching, how to belong to something bigger than themselves and how to represent someone else, whether itís their school or a local bar. By participating in an individual sport or hobby, Iíd hope my ideal candidate would learn that the buck stops with them and that, as they still participate today, they have an outlet for those times they need to clear their head before making a difficult decision.

    3. Attended a large public university. This way, theyíd know what itís like to be a little fish in a big, big pond. Theyíd get to experience the ďjoysĒ of bureaucracy. And, theyíd have a slighter better chance to avoid being poisoned by anti-American leftist professors.

    4. Worked outside of a traditional office for at least 3 months. They could have worked in a factory, in a hospital, on a road crew. It doesnít matter. What matters is that theyíve had the American experience that the vast majority of their constituents have had. They need to understand that thereís more to life than the inside of law firms.

    5. Express a deep love of nature. To me, one of the things that makes America, America is our wide open spaces. Itís not the space so much as the spirit, but in any case, my ideal candidate should love the outdoors. This isnít to say that I want a freaky environmentalist. I donít. You can respect & love nature without worshipping it above humans. On the other hand, you can also place making it easy for businesses above whatís right for the land. I donít want that either. I want a healthy middle.

    6. Be a self-made person. Itís not that thereís anything wrong with being born rich, lots of great leaders were, itís that if youíre self made, youíre already successful. Youíve already proven you can make good decisions. Itís like betting on the horse with the best past performance: they donít always win, but the odds are lower.

    7. Has some skeletons in the closet. I donít mean killing someone or being a smack addict, but frankly, I donít care if my President smoked pot in college. I donít care they get 5 speeding tickets a year. I really donít even care if they had a one night stand. I donít want the person who stayed inside their dorm room and studied all night for President. I donít want a President who never made a mistake. A good leader should have experience doing something stupid and dealing with the consequences.

    8. Still have friends from nearly every era of their life. Itís a pretty good sign when people care enough to stay in touch with you for 20, 30 or even 40 years. People who can do that know how to make and keep a connection. The payoff is that they acquire an extended group that are there when they need them. They can count on their honest advice and firsthand knowledge in countless areas. I want my ideal President to have such a group.

    9. Has a passport and isnít afraid to use it. Hell, maybe itís just that they have a car or a motorcycle and arenít afraid to use it. The point is that theyíve traveled. Theyíve seen things firsthand. They arenít shy. They talk to people and see people rather than just read about them.

    10. Has experienced evil firsthand. Maybe they were a victim of racism or witnessed a beating or helped liberate people from a tyrant. No matter what happened, the important thing is that it made my ideal President believe in good and evil. There are a million shades of grey, but black & white exist too.

    Posted by at June 1, 2004 02:12 PM

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