Okay, we have a NursesForBush thread, as well as various threads promoting John Kerry as the presumptive Democratic nominee. This one's going to be a bit different, as I'm asking allnurses members to name the candidate YOU would most like to see run against Bush in November.
Of course, it's all over but the shouting, as Kerry---barring any unforeseen circumstances---will be the nominee, but since both campaigns have already turned dirty and nasty (and thus boring), it might be fun to imagine different people in the role of ABB---anybody-but-Bush.
My choice, strangely enough, would be Republican senator John McCain. He reminds me of no one as much as Barry Goldwater, another famous Arizona senator whose brand of conservatism was very much in line with my own politics, and thus unrecognizable in this era of the Patriot Act and the so-called "Christian Right" (which is neither, IMHO). Goldwater believed that the best thing government could do for the people was, basically, to leave us the hell ALONE for the most part: allow responsible citizens to own, use, and enjoy firearms; stay out of our bedrooms, our medical records, and our libraries; encourage self-sufficiency without leaving millions of Americans to go hungry or do without health care; promote the formation of, but not subsidize, new businesses; and neither interfering with, nor financing, private education for the nation's children.
John McCain is, like Goldwater, a maverick among his Republican colleagues, and although he's not perfect, I'd vote for him over ANYONE out there right now. I've often wished he'd turn Independent, or even Libertarian, and run for president......I know he didn't do well in the primaries when he campaigned briefly in 2000, but the world---and America---has changed greatly since then, and mainly (in my opinion, anyway) for the worse. This country has been yanked so far to the right by the Bush/Cheney regime that McCain looks like a flaming liberal by comparison, but in truth, he is more of a TRUE conservative---fiscal responsibility coupled with social tolerance---than any of them. (Again, this is MY opinion only
So, what do YOU think? Whom would you choose as our next president if you could pick anyone in the country, and why? Let your imagination soar, and please......let's have a polite, intelligent, and mature
Apr 24, '04
O. K. Here I go.
I would have to say my wife, Amy!
First off, we share the same political point of views. Kind of a mixture of everything if you can believe that!
But it is because she takes each issue seperately and come up with ideas/solutions to any given situation/problem/whatever that makes her a candidate I'd vote for. Amy really does not conform to any strict political ideology. . . most certainly not to the extreme political right or left!
My wife is really quite intelligent in terms of IQ, "common sense", creativity, people skills, management and leadership. Where have I seen Amy masterfully demonstrate these skills??? Directing musicals. Being an effective and respected director requires all of these skills and them some. Amy carries her weight like a seasoned pro. Additionally, she prepares herself for each project; knows how to delegate effectively and efficiently; and even keeps an eye on the financial "bottom line".
Now I KNOW that being a director of a musical/play is NOT the same thing as being President or Leader of ANY country. But the foundation is there.
Also, Amy is a realist. She used to work for county government. She's seen the corruption on a county level. Many times Amy has remarked, "If the county government can be this corrupt and knee deep (stuck) in political ideology, imagine what the State and Federal government must be like!" Her role in the county government was as a "secretary". But she was actually delegated assignments and responsibilities that the elected officials should have been doing. (She worked for the Dept. of Solid Waste). I witnessed her intellect easily understand the legal and moral issues surrounding the solid waste problems the county faced. Sadly, she was never delegated any responsibility to remedy the problems. But she used to share to me her ideas on how to "make things right", all within the confines of State and Federal Regulations.
Now I also know that working as a "secretary" for county government is NOT the same thing as being a leader of ANY country. But the foundation is there.
Amy is in the process of studying nursing. (She graduates in May, 2005!) As she moves forward to becoming a nurse, I see her disclipline herself with her studies. Very disciplined; I mean anally disciplined, reading/studying/practicing SOMETHING almost every day!! Also, as she moves forward with her studies, I she her increasingly impassioned with the nursing, medical and general health issues facing nurses, physicians and the general public. (I proudly say that I think she's going to be an EXCELLENT nurse, by the way!!
) She is even involved with the college's Student Nurse Organization, attending meetings, listening/learning to the issues and even offering suggestions and ideas to problems and challenges. (I was just happy to attend class during my nursing college days!)
Now I KNOW that being an impassioned nursing student is NOT the same thing as being a leader of ANY country. But the foundation is there.
Yeppers! IF Amy had the interest, I have no doubt she would make a great President of this country. But the problem is that she doesn't have the interest. Sigh. . . .
But golly, the potential is there!
Last edit by Ted on Apr 24, '04