posted on Feb, 20 2004 @ 05:29 PM
Results are more important than character in national leaders.
And so I begin the rounds today asking you to keep your minds open at the topic I am about to present you with, many will not like due to their own
affiliations but is the strength of my argument rather than the nature.
Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who are affected by it. A leader should grow and blossom like a flower, it is
a learning process akin to marriage, and the leader learns about his people and their needs and tries his best to complete them, would you rather have
a president who looks good or puts that extra $20 in your wallet that you need to buy food? The public do not reward those who do not act in their
best interests, they never have and they never will, you don’t get results then you don’t get the kudos, the leadership position is one of enormous
Results ARE everything, but the ends do not always justify the means.
Results are without a doubt more important than character in a national leader and that has become self-evident over the past few years. The sheer
vanity of electing someone because of perceived character and that new term “presidentialness” appalls and shocks me tremendously. Are you people mad?
The underlying point many don’t realize is that 99% of the voters will never have met a candidate and they will rely only on their perceptions of
images from the massed media, which are for the most part manipulated to push one candidate over the other. A sound bite and a quick smile are not
enough for people to make up their minds, if it was this way then the candidates would not even bother writing manifesto’s and affirming beliefs in
Elections based on character votes have not always gone so well, such as Reagan, who was probably the worst president of the 20th Century but is
always remembered as the nice man who could kick ass, what ass? What did he kick? So he bombed Tripoli and Benghazi a couple of times for the deaths
of hundreds of Americans, not the smartest trooper in the woods was old Ron. This principle works on both sides too, JFK looked wonderful, charismatic
and youthful but can anyone remember one sound memorable decision he made? I know that I cannot.
Now look at previous British Prime Ministers, just about every one of them had the character of a soiled mattress but they sure as hell got things
done over the years. Many were dominating intellectual figures who were able to deliver the goods to the British people that still leave a legacy
today: the creation of empire, a national health service, Free speech and the right to assembly, the right to lobby parliament and the right to vote.
Such famous names include Disraeli, Palmerston, Churchill and Gladstone who all had a modicum of character but relied on their ability to lead the
nation to success. For blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.
Strong characters get us places, but only when we need them to face off an enemy, Hitler won the election because he had a strong character. The
German people did not care about his politics and elected his party into the Reichstag, which let him gain more power. We all know how that one ended,
the misconception is that Hitler seized power, he did not, and he achieved it through legal means and good old trickery, a trait that many politicians
still possess to this day.
Let us touch upon the democratic candidates now, we are left with a two horse race between John Kerry and John Edwards, this is the ultimate
popularity contest and I will take great joy in saying “I told you not to” after Kerry is elected for that Massachusetts liberal is one a little too
far right for comfort. John Kerry has lots of character but his politics stink, does he even understand what he’s for and against? All I hear is
national security and no to gay marriage, stop me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that what Bush is also using to get reelected? Edwards is campaigning on
nice guy strategy but getting his own politics out, the southern charm gets a foot in the door then he follows with the politics. Campaigns based on
character have failed so far, such as General Wes Clark, did he actually stand for anything? Gephard failed because he lacked a personality.
Leadership is action, not position
What a country needs is a man or woman who will get things done, not one who looks great on television.
Some of the words biggest mistakes were made on good intentions; good intentions are the child of a character driven leader.
"Courage - not complacency - is our need today. Leadership not salesmanship." - John F. Kennedy