Lance, Marshal, Lawrence, et al;
The following is a post idea for your blog. I hope you’ll put it up, but I’ll understand if you don’t…I’m not one of the bigger writers on this blog.
Still…it would be nice. It’s long-winded, but I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway. Here goes:
AN OPEN LETTER TO POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
This is really directed at the Republican Party, but if there are any Libertarian types out there, it probably wouldn’t hurt them to pay attention too.
Okay…so here we are. GOP, you and your candidates for POTUS have tanked the last two elections in a row. As far as I’m concerned, that should be the end of their political career; if you go up against somebody like Barack Obama, you need to bring your “A+” game. You knew going in that he was going to stop at nothing to get the Presidency. You shouldn’t have either. Mr. McCain, your election was yours to win; against your long-standing record and your military background, Obama shouldn’t have had even the ghost of a chance. Instead, you chose to run a gentleman’s race…against somebody who’s anything but a gentleman. While he diverted the people’s attention with appearances on “Ellen” and “The Tonight Show”, you pulled all your punches. To make bad matters worse, your people ran roughshod over your VP pick, and effectively abandoned her to the liberal sharks. If she is truly insane now—as every single mainstream media tries to paint her as being—then it is because of you and your people.
Go the fuck back to Arizona, McCain…we don’t need you or even want you anymore. I guess all that time in the “Hanoi Hilton” really did break you, if you can’t muster the gonadal fortitude (read: BALLS) to slap down somebody like Obama.
As for Mr. Romney…I feel echoes of the 2000 election. Another choice between the lesser of two evils; either I vote for the bored rich guy who thought he’d do this as an extracurricular project, or the scheming mulatto son of the devil. I didn’t want you in the first place; I would happily have gone with Rick Santorum. Herman Cain wouldn’t have been a bad choice either. But you, Mr. Romney…you’re nothing but a bored rich Yankee, who figured he’d just phone this one in. GOP, what the fuck were you thinking?? This guy is Ross Perot, with a Massachusetts accent. Bored old rich Yankees are NOT the solution to the problem. And Obama laughed his ass off all the way to Election Day, because he knew you were a pushover. You were; the election results proved it.
Go the fuck back to Massachusetts, Romney…and take your brain-dead wife and kids with you. I don’t EVER want to see you or McCain again. Your membership in the rarefied atmosphere of national politics is hereby revoked. This should be the price of failure in our political system today.
Unfortunately, it’s not.
So, on to the real meat of this open letter. I can see the smoke-filled GOP conference room now; “Well, if this guy didn’t like our last two candidates, then what the hell DOES he want?”
Fair question. Here is my fair answer. I’ve got a number of qualities I want to see; the intensity of my stream of thought precludes my putting them in any particular order. So brace yourselves…here it comes.
I want to see a president who can think on his feet. Obama can’t live or breathe without his teleprompter; if I see a teleprompter anywhere within eyeshot of the GOP candidate, I’m not voting for him. Being the GIC (“Guy-In-Charge”) sitting in the Big Chair at the White House means you’ve got to be able to stick-and-move like a professional boxer, and do that with the mental chops of Stephen Hawking. You’ve got to be smarter, faster, than anybody else around you. Rudy Giuliani is a good example of this—just look at his reactions during 9/11, and you’ll see what I mean.
This kinda leads into a second quality. You need to be able to lead by example. Such leadership is mostly a dead art these days, I know…but I’m still going to insist on it anyway. With Obama, it’s always “Do as I say” not “Do as I do”. If the latter were the case, we’d ALL be taking date-night trips to NYC in Air Force One, and blowing through taxpayer dollars like sailors on shore leave, and for no other reason than because we could. I want to see a president who sets the bar, and then shows everybody how to jump over it while staying within the rules. The example set by our current president is obvious in the state of the state of Illinois; rampant unemployment, political cronyism, and a low-level state of fatalism and despair. One has only to look at Illinois and wonder how this snake-oil salesman ever got into the White House in the first place.
(I was going to add a clause to that last paragraph about “…and not have a bunch of political baggage behind you” but changed my mind. For starters, Obama didn’t have any political baggage…because he hadn’t spent enough time as a politician. Inexperience is not a good quality. Besides…trying to find a politician in modern US politics without baggage is harder than the biblical trial of trying to find an honest man, ANYWHERE. So I left that qualification out. Sue me.)
Third quality: I want to see somebody who’s actually served in the armed forces. The last two Democratic presidents—Clinton and Obama—never served at all, and it shows. Their mishandling of the Department of Defense during their respective administrations borders on treason. I’m not letting Bush off the hook; he served—that much is true—but he got a “rich-kid deferment”, and served in some lame capacity in the Air National Guard. It seems he wasn’t exactly a barn-burner during his tour, either. Nope…I want to see a real former active-duty serviceman (or woman, for that matter) take the Big Chair. Only then can I, as a voter, be assured that my president—my Commander-In-Chief—is actually qualified to be leading the various services that go all-out to protect our country. The current arrangement is disaster in the offing—what can our service people do, when their own CINC is determined to stab them in the back?
I would happily—readily—IMMEDIATELY—vote for an amendment to the Constitution specifying that all those who actively seek the office of the president MUST have served an active duty term, with distinction, in one of the five uniformed services of this country. That may not stop the insanity completely, but it WILL bring it down to a manageable level. (That last sentence was written with JFK and Lyndon Johnson in mind—they both served, but they were both rank idiots. I’m not completely blind—service doesn’t necessarily guarantee that one will be a good president, but it certainly helps.)
Fourth quality: Tangential to the third quality, I want to see a president with some real steel in him/her. Our historical track record with this is not great. We had Reagan, who had no problems looking the Russians straight in the eye and putting them in their place. This is just one of the reasons why we won the Cold War. But before and after Reagan, our performance in this regard is kinda sketchy. We reacted to the Korean War. We reacted to Vietnam. We reacted to the Gulf War. And—worst of all—we reacted to 9/11, and to Iraq for a second time in 2003.
Notice the number of “reacts” in there? I do. I’ve had enough with this country “reacting”. We have a chance with North Korea now, but we’re in the process of blowing it. I want to see a president who, when faced with “Lil Kim”, that fat pasty cockroach in Pyongyang, fires a Tomahawk TLAM up the Han River and detonates it 25 feet above the deck of the U.S.S. PUEBLO, then goes on national TV and says, “Yeah, I did that. Wanna see what else I can do? Do you really want to see the full power of our precision-guided munitions? Because if you keep this shit up, you can. I’ll be happy to oblige.” THAT’S the president that I will vote in, and I will only take as much time as it takes for me to drive to the polling place and fill out the ballot.
Fifth quality: I want to see a president who’s NOT about the show. Obama spends more damn time doing PR than he does actually running this country, and it shows. I don’t care what your wife is doing, or with whom, or what she’s wearing this year, or anything else about her. It’s not that I don’t care—but your wife is not material to your abilities as a president. Neither are your kids. I couldn’t even give a crap about who you’re playing golf with. (I don’t even play golf, why the hell should I care?) I don’t want to see you on talk shows. If you’re there, the country’s not being tended to. You can be the coldest, most unfeeling bastard that ever walked, but if you can keep this country on track, I don’t care. (Of course, I’d rather you weren’t…but sometimes such is the necessity of being a leader.) If I never see you on TV save for the annual address, that’s fine. But I really have to wonder at the leadership ability of somebody who spends 75% of his time currying favor with the Hollywood types…and no time at all actually doing things like passing a budget.
Sixth quality, and the last: I want a president who isn’t going to wipe his ass with the Bill of Rights. Guys, there’s a reason those first ten amendments were put in place—it’s so people like our current president can’t get so drunk with power that he starts abusing the crap out of his own citizens. As it stands, the First Amendment is on life support; the mainstream media does NOT actually report news, they only report news as it pertains to Citizen Obama. Fox News isn’t really much good as a counterweight; they spend an awful lot of time wringing their hands, but none at all on real solutions. The First Amendment is, in effect, already dead…we just haven’t pulled the plug yet. The Second Amendment is about to fall, but there’s a few folks in this country who aren’t ready to give up on it. (Witness the sheriff of Weld County, CO, who went on Fox News and publicly declared that he would NOT enforce any of the new gun laws coming out of Gov. Hickenlooper’s office in Denver.) I don’t know that the NRA is really the counterweight on this. Wayne LaPierre has some questionable dealings in his background, and Ted Nugent—for all of his rampant fervor on the subject—is a known draft dodger. Not exactly the best guys to pick as our champions in this arena. But they’re all we’ve got.
I digress. The idea is that I want a president who will see, understand, and adhere to the Bill of Rights as a proper guide for the good administration of government in this country.
I think that’s about covered it. I know I’ve spent an awful lot of computer pixels on this, but I think it was worth it. GOP, if you can deliver me a presidential candidate who can cover all of these ideas—to my satisfaction—you’ll get my vote again.
Otherwise, I’m gonna do a write-in vote for “None of the above.”