Needless to say I am not going to support Beto O’Rourke in his bid for the Democratic Party nomination for president. He is a charming man, bright, funny, easy to watch as he works a political rally. But he does not have the bona fides required to sit in the Oval Office. After what this nation has endured over the past two years it comes as no surprise this blog is foursquare in favor of gravitas, experience, and a deep resume concerning those with Potomac Fever.
At the heart of every aspect of life we want experience. Bright minds and able hands. This spring we are going to have a tree removed and when making a choice of businesses experience will be very important. When needing the rain gutters cleaned last fall I again looked for the experienced team that could do the work and not cause any damage to the house. We should seek the same standards for our national leaders.
The work of governing is hard. The creation and execution of policy is not something that just anyone can do. It takes acquired skills to achieve. How one arrives at being able to craft ideas into laws and move an electorate forward takes experience. Being a history buff allows me to throw out one of those pieces of trivia that will never be useful unless you are playing a game—or electing leaders for the nation.
The Founding Fathers used the word “experience” ninety-one times in the Federalist Papers. They understood, even at the creation of our nation, that when it came to leaders average was not good enough. The citizenry may be average but the needs of the nation are such that only wise and wisdom-filled individuals should serve in leadership. That was not an elitist view. It was a most pragmatic view. A view that applies now more than ever!
We need to uplift candidates who have their feet grounded on national and international issues. A candidate needs to have a proven ability to converse about the historic patterns of our nation to show insight about the past as we look forward. There must be a wold-view that is shaped with facts and background. When it comes to O’Rourke, for example, there is much missing from his resume. The same can be said of others in the presidential race, too.
When the Washington Post’s political reporter Jenna Johnson spent time with O’Rourke at the Mexican border in January she was surprised by how vague his politics were, how lacking in specifics.
“When it comes to many of the biggest policy issues facing the country today, O’Rourke’s default stance is to call for a debate,” she observed. O’Rourke will have a lot of prepping to do before the first Democratic debatetakes place under the unforgiving glare of TV lights in June.
While there are a bevy of attractive candidates seeking the Democratic nomination there is a clear bar that must be cleared as to whether they have heft for the job they seek. When the list is all announced there will be only one person who meets the qualifications for 2020.
A man I have supported (monetarily and otherwise) since 1987. But more on him as the weeks progress.