The current race for the Presidency is already becoming one of the most interesting – and in many cases, controversial — in the history of American politics, with each candidate having his or her ideas about improving our country, including solving the many problems that are difficult, if not impossible, to solve. I say that because many factors end up deterring many politicians from actually solving those problems – including the vast differences in political ideologies that have put Democrats and Republicans (not to mention Independents) at loggerheads with each other throughout most of American history (and for that matter, other countries in the world which are democratic).
However, the candidate who ends up winning the Presidency isn’t always the best politician – but then, not every U.S. President can be a Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, or Roosevelt (as in both Theodore and Franklin). Previous fame in both politics and other walks of life doesn’t always guarantee that you’ll be a great political leader – partly because the public expects a lot from you, while somewhat blind to the fact that even you have your limitations, as Woodrow Wilson tried to get the U.S. into the League of Nations after the end of World War I, only to be stopped by not only Republican politicians who saw the League as greatly flawed, but also Wilson’s own limitations, including his failing health, which many politicians take for granted (and in many cases, pay the price for choosing determination and stubbornness over personal health). The President of the United States may be the leader of the free house – but he doesn’t always have a say in the country totally moving forward (a fact also proven by other leaders around the world who’ve used democracy as both their guide and conscience), something that Donald Trump and other presidential candidates (including both Democrats and Republicans) should greatly remember should one of them win next year.
When we elect any politician, including those as U.S. President, we expect them to not only live up to their campaign promises – but also do the very job that they were elected to do. But we should also remember that politicians aren’t perfect, especially when it comes to trying to move the world forward. They’re not super-human – and they’re not immune to the various stress factors associated with their careers; whether or not most politicians around the world are totally aware of that fact, I can’t say. And perhaps, neither can the politicians themselves.
And as for the U.S. Presidential candidates saying in their campaign speeches that they’ll make America great again – they should be aware that the country’s future depends in part on that of the rest of the world, which shouldn’t be ignored or compromised, given what we’ve heard in the news recently, from terrorist attacks in the Middle East to the threat of global warming poised to greatly alter the Earth’s ecology (and more). And to ignore the many problems in the world would change it for the worst, with the end result more disastrous and tragic than any of history’s past calamities.
It’s hard to predict who’ll end up being elected U.S. President not only next year, but also in the future. But then, that’s always been a part of every Presidential campaign since George Washington was campaigning for his second term almost 250 years ago – as well as the high hopes shared by almost all Americans who look to their elected officials to help chart a better future for the country, while securing their place in history. And at the same time, avoid the pitfalls which can taint their reputations and legacies – or worse still, relegate them to obscurity.
John Lavernoich is the author of four books (including not only the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels, but also his most recent, Beyond The Unknown), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:
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