I can’t figure out for the life of me why the Republican Party didn’t settle this thing amongst themselves before going public. No doubt, it would have been better for the rest of us had they simply corralled all the GOP presidential prospects in some distant mountain retreat for a pow wow to chose one, two, but no more than three candidates, to compete for the nomination. Of course, that didn’t happen.
So now, voters must watch the public blood letting of 18 Republican presidential contenders, with no guarantee that the one who finally emerges from the pack will be the one best qualified to make a run for the presidency and win.
Perry, Santorum, Jindal, Fiorina, Graham, Pataki, Gilmore, Trump, Bush, Christie, Snyder, Rubio, Carson, Walker, Huckabee, Kasich, Cruz and Paul.
Everybody knows too many cooks spoil the broth. Likewise, if too many individuals are involved in doing the same thing the final result will not be as good. With this many candidates running for one office, it not only gets confusing, but can also be a turn-off. Instead of watching the political bickering and name calling among the candidates, some voters will simply tune out.
If the first GOP presidential debate is any indication of what to expect, voters won’t be hearing any in-depth discussions about the current issues confronting the U.S. at home and abroad. With this many dissonant voices competing for face time on the same stage, 60-second sound bites are the best we will get. Perhaps, what’s needed are more town halls that would provide a better platform for candidate Q and A’s than the current media biased debates.
By the way, there’s a good reason real estate mogul Donald Trump is leading in the current GOP polls. Trump represents voters’ frustration with the political status quo and a rejection of the recycled politicians that come with it. This time around, voters want change they can see.
The best leaders are not interested in who is right, but what is right.—Mike Myatt
Some questions voters should be asking are—Who among the current crop of GOP presidential wannabees is interested in doing what is right for the country? Is there one candidate who stands head and shoulders above the rest on this question? What qualities should voters look for in such a candidate? After eight years of divisive politics, we need a president who will unite the country.
Matthew Harrington, a noted Leadership consultant and author, shares his thoughts in Leadership: 13 Leadership Skills the Next U.S. President Has To Have:
We need a Mr [or Ms] Everything, a man [or woman] who brings us together with a clear and commanding picture of all that is good within our nation. We need a leader with amazing courage to do what is unlikely; who surprises us with his [or her] compassion, intellect, humility, unwavering faith and overwhelming commitment to the good of nation above all else.—Matthew Harrington
Harrington’s observations were about the 2012 election, but they still hold true for 2016, Every politician isn’t a natural born leader. And we are in need of a strong leader in the White House. Any candidate for president who doesn’t have substantial leadership and managerial experience is a candidate for elimination. The presidency of the United States is no place for on-the-job learners. There’s way too much at stake for the country to entrust the office to a rookie.
Needless to say, it’s still too early in the game for the cream to rise to the top. No doubt we will have to endure many more campaign speeches, more debates, and more press critiques in the coming months before we can rightly judge. Besides, some of the GOP’s gang of 18 will be forced to drop out of the race due to inadequate campaign financing or lack of popular support. By the time the GOP convention rolls around next July, the picture should be much clearer as to who the serious contenders are.
Finally, it’s a sad reality that big money donors are still allowed to dictate and drive the electoral process in our democracy. Nobody should be able to buy an election out from under the will of the people. The fact that it has happened before is all the more reason not to let it happen in 2016. As voters, we have an obligation to do a better job at coming out to vote for our candidate of choice in the primary as well as the general election. Democracy is not a spectator sport. If we truly want this nation to change for the better, we must use our votes and our prayers to our advantage.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.—2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV