are some things Americans should consider before
deciding whom they will vote for in November.
You are not going to sleep with the president,
become his best buddy or be his favorite pen pal.
Therefore, you do not have to vote for someone
you think is likable or handsome or charming.
in fact, are often not likable, as they often
have to make unpopular decisions. And America
needs a statesman in the White House, because
the years ahead are full of dangers, both from
human sources and from environment stresses. It
is also impossible to think seriously and smile
at the same time. I have always distrusted people
who smile perpetually.
like any other nation or empire, has the potential
to self-destruct. Nations and empires self-destruct
when their leaders make a series of bad decisions.
If you visit Great Britain, France or Spain today,
you would never know from their present state
that they were world powers. There is not one
single example in world history where any empire
ever sustained itself indefinitely.
make wrong decisions when they are shallow-minded,
uninterested in the affairs of state and ignorant
of the world outside their borders. They make
wrong decisions when they depend on advisers who
are driven by ideology. An ideologue is by definition
a person out of touch with reality. Reality is
always fluid, complex and changing from moment
to moment. The rigid thinking of an ideologue
inevitably loses a clash with reality. Its own
internal ideologues drove the once-mighty Soviet
Union into the ground.
remember, when it comes to choosing a president,
you're not choosing a date, a fishing buddy or
someone to spend your vacation with. You will
be choosing someone who hopefully will have the
brains to keep this country from joining so many
others in the ash heap of history.
let's look at how people can make a mockery of
make a mockery of self-government when you choose
your candidate strictly on the basis of the party
label. Political parties in our country are not
based on philosophy. They are merely machines
for electing candidates and distributing patronage.
The truth is that sometimes the best choice is
a Republican; sometimes, a Democrat. It all depends
on the human beings, not on the party label.
make a mockery of self-government when you cast
your vote based on the candidate's personality.
I've already covered that point.
make a mockery of self-government when you vote
purely on the basis of your selfish interests.
Many Americans make a religion of selfishness,
but for self-government to work and to endure,
we must all think of the common interests when
it comes to choosing the people who will run the
make a mockery of self-government if you allow
demagogues to influence your vote on the basis
of phony issues. The real threats facing the United
States are not homosexual marriages or even legal
abortions. If you allow people to persuade you
to cast your vote based on those two issues, you
are wasting your vote, because I guarantee that
the politicians, regardless of what they say now,
will not do anything about either one of them.
These are scarlet fish.
you are making a mockery of self-government if
you allow your vote to be influenced by concerns
for a foreign country. And yes, I'm directing
this to the Israel-first crowd, both Jew and Christian.
The election in November is for the president
of the United States, not the deputy prime minister
of Israel. If you love Israel more than America,
then by all means emigrate, join the Israeli Defense
Forces and do your part. We need a president who
will make his decisions based on the best interests
of the United States, not those of Israel (or
France, or Japan, or any other country).
one of our Revolutionary forefathers said the
price of liberty is eternal vigilance, he meant
that liberty is always at risk. It can only be
preserved if a sufficient number of Americans
care about it enough to take a serious approach
to choosing their leaders.
column was inspired in part by some comic quips
by Bill Maher. He deserves credit for lighting
by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
Posted: August 10, 2004