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Old 11-02-2008, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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First off, this is not an issues post. Feel free to point that out. I am, indeed, writing about generalities here.

But what is wrong with wanting the leader of our country, and the free world, to be someone with above average intelligence? McCain and Palin are C-students at best, just like GWB. Perhaps even worse, with Palin going through 6 or so colleges and McCain nearly at the bottom of his class.

So seriously, why would you want more mediocrity (at best) in the White house? Think about it this way:

If you were flying on a plane, would like it to be designed by a top engineer or someone who barely passed their community college classes?

If you had to have a serious operation, would you want a doctor with a degree from a good school, or a doctor who would be a "nice guy/gal to have a beer with"?

If you needed someone to defend you in court when you are wrongfully accused, would you want someone who is articulate, intelligent and persuading, or someone who is erratic and temperamental? Furthermore, would you care if the lawyer shared your beliefs, or just that they were a darn good lawyer? Cause if you were wrongfully accused, those who share your beliefs might not even defend you.

Basically, when your life is on the line, do you trust it more to an average guy who may agree with your philosophy, or do you pick the outstanding intelligence who may differ with your beliefs? I know there is much more to the presidency than just intelligence and orator skills; but leadership is huge component. And leadership is not about what one person does; it's about how they inspire the people around them -- those who do the actual work running the country, those who can actually bring about change. Intelligence, competence, presence, speaking skills, power of persuasion... those are qualities that inspire.

I think what we've learned over the past 8 years, is that the "trickle down" theory applies to mediocrity in government -- put someone of GWB's intelligence in the top office, and there is no demand for excellence down the chain. Just average performance. And we end up with the results we have.
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I just don't want a president who is reading chapter 1 of "How to be a President for Dummies".
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:02 AM
 
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I want a President who will keep the country safe and not make radical changes. If that makes the person average then so be it. This is the President of the United States we are voting for, not President of some High School. People's lives and well being are at stakes along with people's finances, and just because some guy seems more hip and cool doesn't mean he's going to be the better person to deal with the issues at hand.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:05 AM
 
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I'm tired of mediocrity also, especially at the top. And I look forward to a competent, and hopefully an exceptional president.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:34 AM
 
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I just don't want a president who is reading chapter 1 of "How to be a President for Dummies".
But Sarah Palin won't be running for president until 2012.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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But Sarah Palin won't be running for president until 2012.
Try defending your messiah instead of whimping out and attacking Palin.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:42 AM
 
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Who's my messiah?

How many times have I said today that neither of the presidential candidates impress me. For me, it all boils down to Palin being really scary. Again, I don't want to see her anywhere near becoming the most powerful person in the world.

And, what is "whimping?"
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Who's my messiah?

How many times have I said today that neither of the presidential candidates impress me. For me, it all boils down to Palin being really scary. Again, I don't want to see her anywhere near becoming the most powerful person in the world.

And, what is "whimping?"
Okay, I apologize for assuming you supported Obama. I was wrong. You never heard of whimping? Guess that was an 80's and 90's NJ term. Whimping is taking the easy road away from something versus fighting the fight. I guess that's the best definition I can give.

You are entitled to your opinion of Palin. I do respect that.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Fort Myers, FL
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i certainly dont want an inexperienced one. NOBAMA 08!
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Old 11-03-2008, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Yes I want an intelligent Pres. Someone who can "think outside the box" and come up with new and creative ways to resolve the major issues.

It is disturbing to know that I am smarter than the current Pres.

I've been unemployed and uninsured since I lost my job and my whole profession in June. Prior to that over the last 8 years I've watch my salary and health benefits shrink.

I'm 58 years old, I have no credit cards, my debt consists of a modest fixed rate mortgage and a mound of debt from health issues that my crappy insurance didn't cover.


I've already voted so, I'm sitting on pins and needles in hopes that the future will look bright.
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