In comments to yesterday's post, I was asked who I'd tap for the Chief Executive job, having rejected Senator Cruz?
I'd want someone who was serious about the job. And not so set on making his mark on History or The World or Progress. We elect these smiling bastards on the premise that they're some kind of savior. They run campaigns as Men On Horseback, promising to "usher in a new day."
I don't want a "new day." I don't much want the "old days" back, either. I sure don't care to see any Great Leaders: when you get a large-enough crop of them at same time, they foul up the whole world. I just want the President (and Congress, and the Supremes) to do their jobs in a way that doesn't have me (or any other honest person) looking over my shoulder, wondering if it's time to head for the hills. I want 'em to do their jobs in a way that minimizes the opportunities for people to go for one another's throats. When metaphorical fires break out, I want 'em to put metaphorical water on them, not gasoline.
I want to see -- just once! -- a competent Chief Executive, someone who appoints the various Directors and Cabinet members on the basis of ability, not on how much money they donated, how stalwart a partisan they are or even plain chumship. I want a President who'll hold 'em to account and send them packing if they screw up.
I don't care if he or she is any good at giving speeches. I don't care if the rest of the world loves them or hates them. I don't care about the President's age, ugliness, gender, ethnic background, marital status or religion. I'm hoping not for a hawk or a dove but for someone who is slow to anger and measured but decisive in action, who acts only when action is truly necessary.
I'd like another Calvin Coolidge.
I'm not gonna get one.
Voting in Presidential elections is a thing I do with great reluctance and after much deliberation. They're all pompous, ego-driven fools and I'm reduced to trying to do the least harm with my vote. I can usually vote for the Libertarian Party candidate with a clear conscience.
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