Friday, October 20, 2006

Get Smart

And now for a more political turn:

In the last presidential election, I was disappointed by the Democratic party's slogan, "For a Stronger America." Well folks, Bush and company have that corner of America nailed down tight.

My free advice to the Democrats is to take the following tack: "For a Smarter America." Personally, I've had enough of the stronger America. What's needed is smarter...not necessarily on a personal, but a systems level. Someone who understands how the federal government works (and doesn't), and who doesn't believe the Constitution died on 9-11.

I understand America doesn't like intellectuals nor elitists, and we often conflate the two. Hence why Adalai Stevenson and Hillary Clinton are losing tickets. Ditto John Kerry and Al Gore. Don't bring left-wing losers posing as centrists on board.

The candidate must communicate on an emotional, versus an intellectual level. He should reflect the core values that used to be the basis of the Democratic party--the workingman, the great middle class. GWB doesn't represent this America, coming as he does from the top 2% of the economically elite.

The Democrats must front a candidate that represents the majority of the people. W is only an ersatz workingman.

What the Democrats need are hale fellows well-met--someone happy and smiling and perhaps, slightly smug, with some wily, someone like Joe Biden. (I'm not endorsing Biden, mind you. He's just an example.) Someone who is not dour, and who looks like an actor playing a politician. I am serious.

Americans identify with confident and cocksure. Dems should definitely go for that package, and hopefully find a little substance in the stuffing. America doesn't really care if they're right (=correct), as long as they are confident and project the aura of leadership. Being born-again wouldn't even be a requirement.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir. First of all,always goodto read intelligent american voices. As a Norwegian former military man (served in Kosovo), it is frightening to see the level of the US debate, the sheer unprofessionalism of it.

To the text: I might suggest replacing the word "smarter" with either "functioning", "rational" or "intelligent". Smartness is what you need to get yourself out of bad situations. The three above describe ways of not getting there in the first place.

Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 10:40:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Thanks for the feedback, Martin. I'm with you on the low level of discourse which abounds; invective gets us nowhere.
A hearty welcome to a fellow Special Forces man. Jim

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 7:09:00 PM GMT-5  

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