||[Oct. 16th, 2004|03:49 pm]
I was in Brattle Square today walking from comic store to comic store looking for Dream Country (Sandman 3) when I overheard one of the DNC people trying to convince someone to donate money to Kerry's campaign. The person was thoroughly unconvinced, and the DNC chick offered:|
"Kerry's not that bad... He's a good guy."
Oh how convincing.
The US presidency has been compromise after compromise for years. It really sickens me. I believe that anyone who is so ready to compromise their beliefs in order to increase their chances of getting elected is not worthy of the presidency. Unfortunately, these days you can't accumulate any decent amount of political power without bowing to a lot of special interests (i.e. not those necessarily in the interests of the American people). I was talking to my mom last night (why, what do YOU do on your friday nights?) and the last example of an uncompromising president I could come up with was Jack Kennedy. And how interesting is it that he was someone who was so rich and such a playboy that he (or his father, anyway) bought his way into political and never had to make any real compromises? He was just an incredibly strong personality with the resources behind him to achieve regardless of whom he pissed off. I think that's pretty interesting.
William Clay Ford Jr, Henry Ford's great-grandson, is another interesting occurence. This is a guy who grew up living and breathing Ford Motor Company in the same way Kennedy grew up presidential, and because of that he's been preparing his whole life to lead that company. It's not unlike that loser whatsisname in Atlas Shrugged (no, I didn't finish reading the book). Ford is doing tremendous things for his company; kudos to him.
I guess I am wishing right now for someone slick with backbone to match his charisma to step in and pull us out of the political messes we're in. Preferably democratic, but republican works too if he's got the balls to act in the best interests of the American people. Someone who can step up to the domestic AND international communities and say that this is America, and that we will not compromise freedom to gain marginal, near-useless protections from terrorists, but instead, we will support the education and prosperity of the entire world, because doing anything else is administering a weak, expensive treatment to the symptoms, rather than curing the disease.