Who Will Get Your Vote for President?

george washington presidentWe’ve reached that special month of May when the year turns serious and kicks into high gear. The weather is warmer (minus some freak NE cold spells), production is higher, spending is up, foreclosures are down, and of course, the presidential election really gets going.

So the nomination is all but assured for Mitt. Republicans everywhere will be faced with a new question to answer and we’ll see which way they swing. Democrats will need to rethink Obama and decide how things have been so far. It’s a time for our entire country to pause for a second, take a deep breath, and be honest about what we hope for tomorrow.

I don’t have any special insight into the presidency. I honestly can’t tell you who to vote for or convince you to do anything. But a thought did strike me recently and I hope you’ll bear with me while I share it. Here goes:

We’ve become so used to the way things are done that we never take a second to question them. We expect some politicians to put themselves out there and say “Vote for me!” A candidate will convince you that only he has the answers, only he is sure to be the better president. But it’s been said before – the person who most wants to be president is the person least qualified to be.

When George Washington, the only president unanimously elected, was asked to lead our country in the Revolutionary war, here was his response:

“Tho’ I am truly sensible of the high Honour done me, in this Appointment, yet I feel great distress, from a consciousness that my abilities and military experience may not be equal to the extensive and important Trust: However, as the Congress desire it, I will enter upon the momentous duty, and exert every power I possess in their service, and for support of the glorious cause. I beg they will accept my most cordial thanks for this distinguished testimony of their approbation.

But, lest some unlucky event should happen, unfavourable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered, by every Gentleman in the room, that I, this day, declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the Command I am honored with.”

Would a politician today ever say such a thing? If Obama or Romney got up tomorrow and said they were not 100% sure they should lead our country it would be a national scandal. But when a person has the character and honesty to know himself, it should be regarded as the highest virtue. And virtue is what we should look for in a candidate – not pandering, not high and mighty rhetoric. But rather honest to God values, a belief in the strength of the country, and no desire for personal honor. Such a candidate would get my vote. Would he get yours?

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