Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

What Do We Need from Our Leaders? ; Forthrightness, a Fresh Perspective

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

What Do We Need from Our Leaders? ; Forthrightness, a Fresh Perspective

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Americans have high expectations for our political leaders: We want someone who is confident, but humble; inspirational, but relatable; intelligent, but grounded with common sense. Yet at this critical juncture for our country, there are a few characteristics that should be paramount as Americans consider whom to send to Washington to represent us.

Forthrightness: For too long, Americans have put up with politicians that offer us poll-tested platitudes, but then take very different positions in private.

They tell the people what they think their audiences want to hear, depend on the liberal media to spin the facts to fit their interests and ignore the real concerns facing Americans.

This cannot go on. America faces enormous challenges today: A struggling economy, growing entrenched joblessness, exploding national debt, collapsing health care system, out-of-control illegal immigration, growing crime problem, increased racial tensions, an unaffordable and wasteful college system, and escalating terrorist and national security threats.

Americans cannot afford phony, politically correct, happy talk and politics-as-usual. We need leaders who will talk frankly about these too-real problems and are committed to taking action to make actual progress.

An outside Washington perspective: Too many Washington politicians no longer seem to live in the same world as other Americans. They enjoy cushy employment contracts, benefits and perks that one would never find in the private sector. They hobnob with their politically connected friends and trade favors, while passing the bills on to taxpayers.

We need leaders who reject this mentality and are committed to restoring our nation to a system of laws that truly treats and respects everyone equally including members of the political class.

This requires a new perspective; someone who recognizes the inherent corruption in government cronyism and is committed to changing it.

An understanding of Americans aspirations: America has long been known as the land of opportunity. Our country was built on the idea that anyone with talent who was willing to work hard could climb the economic ladder and achieve security and prosperity. …

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