Lee Iacocca wrote an article that appeared in AARP entitled “Let’s Put a Leader in the White House” and quite frankly, he makes a lot of sense with his article. I think these three paragraphs say it all:
You’d think that with 80 percent of the American public saying we’re on the wrong track, there would be a lot of serious discussion about leadership in this election. Not so. The media cover every twitch and gaffe of the candidates. We know where they buy their suits (and pantsuits) and where they go to church. We know their bowling scores and whether they prefer a beer and a shot or a glass of Chablis. But how much do we really know about their leadership qualities?
I want to hear specifics. Show me instances where the candidates have demonstrated creativity in solving problems, courage in the face of adversity, curiosity about people who aren’t like them, and the ability to communicate forcefully, with friends and enemies alike. Show me examples of competence—that’s a quality in short supply these days. Show me examples of conviction and good old-fashioned common sense. I know the candidates can talk the talk. They’re politicians. Can they put some actions behind those words? I’m not so sure.
Here’s another thing I want to know before I cast my vote—and this is a pet peeve of mine: Who is going to be on their teams if they’re elected? The presidency is not a one-man or one-woman show. If we’ve learned nothing else in recent history, we’ve learned that it matters who is appointed secretary of defense, or secretary of state, or attorney general. It matters who the key advisers are—the people who have the president’s ear. But have you noticed that when you ask a candidate about possible appointments, you get some drivel about how it’s premature to name names? Why should it be such a secret? When have you ever heard a reporter press a candidate about this? I think we should demand an answer. Let’s hear their lists.
Lee puts into words why I’m so uneasy about politicians in general, and especially the current, presumptive Presidential candidates. Despite what the pundits on the Left, Right, and Center may say about all the candidates, do we really know what we are getting? I don’t think any of us really know what these people are going to do if they are elected to the highest office in the land. And that, dear readers, scares the hell out of me.