Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Qualities of a Great President: Which Republican Candidate Has Them?

Here we are, the South Carolina primary is history, Newt Gingrich won, upsetting the GOP bandwagon, and Republican primary voters are ping-ponging back and forth between four men contending for the Republican nomination for president: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. How does a committed Republican decide who they want to support as the GOP nominee for President of the United States of America?
Article II of the Constitution specifies that the president has two primary job functions: to serve as chief executive of the federal government, and to serve as commander in chief of the armed forces. In the latter role, the president has the authority to send troops into combat, as well as the power to decide whether to use nuclear weapons; awesome responsibilities.
There have been numerous books, essays, and articles written about what makes a great president. Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Gergen have each put pen to paper articulating in relatively recent articles the characteristics they believe they’ve gleaned from history and experience. I’ve taken these characteristics, added a few of my own, and created a set of ten questions that you can rate the Republican candidates on using a five-point scale: 1 - strongly disagree, 2 - disagree, 3 - maybe yes/maybe no, 4 - agree, and 5 - strongly agree.

Go ahead and make your rating, and please be objective, even if you wouldn't vote for one of these clowns if they paid you (and they would).
  1. Has a core set of principles that guide his life and the decisions he makes.
  2. Has the maturity and confidence to seek different viewpoints, to learn from his mistakes, accept blame, and share the credit for success with others.
  3. Has a strong moral compass, is able to master his “inner self” and execute self control at all times.
  4. Is courageous, stays strong in the face of adversity, conveys strength and resolve, and inspires others.
  5. Is aware and in touch with popular sentiment, and gives the sense that he will hear and understand the concerns, hopes, and aspirations of the people he hopes to lead.
  6. Is intelligent, farsighted, imaginative, knowledgeable about key issues facing the Nation, makes informed, well thought-out decisions, and seldom or never gets his mouth in gear before engaging his brain.
  7. I am comfortable with the views he espouses; the things he says make perfect sense to me.
  8. Would “hit the ground running” and be an extremely hard working, exceptionally committed president.
  9. Able to work effectively with other world leaders.
  10. I am confident that as the commander and chief of our armed forces and the deciding authority on the possible use of nuclear weapons this man will make the right decisions.
Let us know your ratings and your selection for president in the comments box below.

1 comment:

Darby S said...

With the caveat that #4 is a difficult questions because whose morality are we judging against? Nevertheless, my scores are Paul (32), Santorum (27), Romney (36) and Gringrich (23). I just watched a clip of President Reagan saying the super rich had to pay their fair taxes. I don't think we will have a problem, once President Obama can take a break from working and tracking down the terrorists and turning the economy around, but then again, the people elected Hitler, didn't they?