Being a fairly non political person, I have nonetheless spent several late night evenings the past couple of weeks listening and watching the two major political parties showcase their candidates at their conventions. I have lost some sleep but I am not sure if I gained understanding.
But this non political average American will make a few observations and comments:
1. Barack Obama is one heck of a speaker. I don’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent or a Communist – the man can electrify a crowd.
2. Sarah Palin ain’t far behind him in speaking ability if she is behind him at all. She surprised a lot of folks when she took the podium the other night. She can electrify a crowd too – even when her teleprompter is not working properly.
3. I don’t think being a great speaker is a prerequisite to being a great President. Some of the smartest and most effective leaders I have known in life were not great public speakers.
4. I am not hung up on the experience of the next President. No newly elected President has ever had experience being President.
5. John McCain is a true American hero.
6. Being an American hero is not necessarily a prerequisite for being a great President.
7. Barack Obama’s rise to the top is an incredible American story.
8. Having an incredible American story is not necessarily a prerequisite to being a great President.
9. Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden and Sarah Palin are all highly intelligent folks.
10. I have very close friends who are Democrats. They are well informed, highly educated and successful people and they are supporting the Obama – Biden ticket.
11. I have very close friends who are Republicans. They are well informed, highly educated and successful people and they are supporting the McCain – Palin ticket.
12. Who Oprah is supporting is at the very bottom of my “Who Gives a Crap” list.
13. I believe “Issues” are overrated in a political race. Most of the issues candidates in both parties promise to resolve never get resolved.
14. I have genuine compassion for people who are less fortunate.
15. Because of my genuine compassion, I regularly give part of my income to others who need it more than I do.
16. I do not trust our government to take my money in the form of taxes to look after who they have defined as less fortunate.
17. Government is too big, too powerful and too wasteful.
18. I believe we do need change in Washington.
19. It is possible that a candidate can “use change to promote his career.”
20. It is also possible that a candidate can “use his career to promote change.”
21. The most important attribute of a leader is character.
22. John McCain’s character was proven in a POW prison camp.
23. Joe Biden is going to have his hands full when he debates Sarah Palin.
24. I talked to several folks after McCain named Governor Palin as his running mate. The consensus was his selection would either end up to be a disaster or brilliant.
25. So far – so brilliant.
26. Does anybody know where I can get a McCain - Palin bumper sticker for my car?