As I said yesterday, I’ve learned a lot about politics and politicians and how this affects our American legislative process.
Today is President’s Day and throughout the day I’ve thought about how much our country has changed and how our presidents have changed throughout the years. We’ve gone from George Washington, who was more of a military leader, to President Obama, who leads the country more with words than by the sword.
As our country has grown and developed vastly since Washington in many ways besides just our numbers, so have our expectations and ideals in our president and legislators. A huge shift has occurred in the recent years and people seem to care more about what a president looks like and says than about what he or she does.
In America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, Sarah Palin shares Crystal Brilliant Snow Jenne’s (Alaska’s first woman to run for the Territorial House of Representatives and achieve success in 1940) idea of what a good legislature really needs.
“I firmly believe that what is needed in our Legislature today is a real representative of the people whose qualifications are honesty, common sense, knowledge of conditions, aggressiveness, independence, and fearlessness, together with business ability and experience…”
I couldn’t agree more. Presidential elections are coming up again and soon we’ll be bombarded, once again with ads and phone calls asking us to make a decision about who we want to be our next national leader and represent our country.
I hope that in those choices, there will be a candidate who exhibits those qualities Jenne highlighted. In a dream world, this candidate would be someone who:
1. Loves God
2. Loves their family
3. Loves their Country (as the founders set it up to be).
I hope there is someone out there who isn’t afraid to do all those 3 things (in that order) while accepting the duty of representing and leading our diverse and beautiful country. I hope there is someone who can make important decisions and support laws and actions that:
1. Uphold and defend the dignity and importance of every life
2. Uplift and encourage individual liberty
3. Empower and allow all Americans to seek and work hard for happiness and fulfillment in their own lives and in the lives of others.
More specifically, I don’t want a superhero President who does everything for everyone but rather makes sure individuals and states and cities and towns can do their jobs and live their lives.
And most importantly, I hope there is someone who can do all of that when everyone is watching and when no one is watching.
What do you think a good president should be like? If you could pick your own presidential candidate-who would it be?