I just read Doug Wilson’s latest political post. It resonated with me, because of this:
Positions aside, the hunger for this kind of charismatic leadership is virtually universal. It was fun for those on the right to mock the Obama-messianism of the Democrats, but a funny thing happened on the way to the Republican convention. Judging from the response to Sarah Palin, it seems that conservatives were every bit as starved for it as the progressives were.
I thought about it, and he’s right. At least, he’s right about me.
I do want a civil leader that I can be excited about following. I want someone inspiring, who will make me want to do hard work on behalf of my country.
Though, I’m also pretty sure that I know what this person would have to look like.
This person would need to be willing to stand up in front of everyone and tell it like it is. I appreciated Jesse Ventura as a candidate because I knew, without a doubt, where he stood. I want to hear hard truth from a political candidate.
This person would need to demonstrate his ability to parse difficult subjects. I want to hear nuanced comments from a political candidate.
This person would need to be able to make drastic choices when necessary. For example, I want a man to run for president who will veto every bill that he receives until Congress sends him the Sanctity of Life bill, or one with comparable language. I want someone who isn’t afraid to play hardball in defense of what is right.
This person would need to be willing to stand up and admit when he has been wrong. I don’t mean damage control, either. I mean actual retractions and apologies. I want someone who remembers that he is still a fallible, sinful human being.
So, this is a call-out to all those who are considering political office, whether in the present or in the future. I’m a voter. Impress me. Inspire me. It will be hard, but it can be done.
I want to believe. Be the kind of person I can believe.