What (Not Who) Do I Want To See In the Oval Office Next Year?

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Measuring up to one of the most important leadership positions of the 21st Century....


I want to see this in the Oval Office of The White House in the District of Columbia next year:

A man or woman prepared to lead.

A man or woman determined to lead.

A man or woman who already knows where it is best to lead America.

A man or woman who has empathy for all Americans.

A man or woman who can accommodate other sound ideas while not compromising on sound morals, ethics, and principles.

A man or woman who can properly challenge Americans to follow his or her leadership and call for justified sacrifices he or she can wisely convince us to make for the common good.

A man or woman who will put that common good before personal satisfaction and unwarranted politics, avoiding contention and divisiveness.

A man or woman of noble virtue, courage, and compassion, I can follow and respect with undiminished dignity and honor.

A man or woman who will choose the best Americans best suited to the offices in which they will be called to serve, and who will then listen to their diverse and wise counsel in reaching the best possible decisions for which he or she is responsible at that moment.

If such qualities characterize the man or woman I see in charge in the Oval Office next year, I will sleep well at night, work hard in the daytime, and follow their lead.


Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Nice wish list but unfortunately the three branches of government are all part of the problem.

The system is broken and it has been broken for decades. The problem for Congress and the Presidency is the voters that vote Row A or Row B. This blanket voting gets the herd of bad candidates into office that follow the front runner.

The control of Congress and the Presidency from party to party over the elections has resulted in a lot a side movement but no move forward.

Until the voters cast their votes for the best candidate rather than the choice of their party, the system will remain broken.

The judiciary has for decades watered down the Constitution until it is no longer protecting the people.

Thanks


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

radmaster,........you hit the problem on the head! When the voters cast their votes for moronic igmas like Obama all is lost!


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Doc Wordinger 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

Sadly, any president who matched your ideal profile would be shot dead before he was halfway through his first term.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

This party line voting has been going on for so long now, I see little hope in getting voters to do it any differently. Look at the sad cases they reelect term after term. Apparently results don't matter, just the "D" or "R" in front of the candidates name.

Great hub by the way.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

If we don't say what we want, and don't bother voting for it, we get the leftovers. Say something. Do something. Stand up for the best choice. If there are "bums" send them home.

Throwing up our hands in despair, hanging our heads, and saying 200+ days ahead of time that "nothing will change," "it will always be this bad," "good guys lose," doesn't cut it with me.

It's still our country, sweeet land of liberty, time to sing...loudly and make our voices heard, not sit back and complain now and afterwards.

Once in four years; you've got the chance, use it!


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Perspycacious

Unfortunately, the vote Row A and Row B sets the limitations as the party picks the candidates, not the voters. The voters only filter out the worst ones, but they didn't put in their own candidates.

The voters need independence and the desire to cross party lines, but I guess you really can't teach an old dog new tricks.

People have to stop treating their party like a sports team. The only team that counts are the players in congress. And it is more like the all star game, where opposing teams have to play together to win the game.

My point is that our team is Congress not the political parties. If Congress loses a game, then we all lose, and it didn't matter who scored the most points. We lost the game.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

When the good, caring, compromising Senators start leaving and not running for re-election it is a very bad sign. Senator Snow's "I won't run." comments on why she won't were chilling. I hope everyone noticed. We need term limits, and a House and Senate cleaning of the dead wood.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Though I do vote, I see voting as a waste of time as the person elected has to answer to all of the senators and congressmen and big business and their demands before even considering the little person.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

It is hard to set an example to the rest of the world when they yearn to be able to vote in a "secret ballot" election and so many Americans just sit on their haunches and complain! Will half of all eligible voters actually vote in 2012? If it is only 50%, the my vote counts double!


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I do vote, but as one of the little people, I see my vote counting for nothing over the politico-industrial-financial powers that in truth pull the strings and control not just the vote but the puppet president elected.

The will of the people is not voiced but is controlled by lobbying senators, congressmen big business and banking.

The will of the people, the voice of the people is drowned by those powers.

Voting is a waste of the voter's energy for it counts for nothing compared to such powers.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

It is time for the Lilliputians to tie down the Gullivers. You know it will happen. Why not in 2012!?


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Excellent Hub. I really like what you wrote and I hope many people will slow down, read, and really think about what you wrote. Qualities, attitudes, character, and behavior are so much more important than political affiliation. Well done! SHARING


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7: I share your hope (thus the Hub) that people will "slow down, read, and really think about...qualities, attitudes, character, and behavior" in preparation for casting their informed votes in November.

With all the potential candidates for this country's highest, and key office, how do we arrive at the Democrats' and Republicans' candidates that a majority of the country do not feel to be the best Americans those parties could have offered to lead us forward?


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Perspycacious 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Isn't my last comment on this Hub (from 2012, above) interesting in that the 2012 circumstances are repeated in spades now in 2016! "....candidates that a majority of the country do not feel to be the best Americans [the] parties could have offered to lead us forward...."

I will apply these same standards in my voting come November 2016.

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