What is presidential? The definition of the term doesn’t tell us much.
presidential adjective1. president or presidency.2. president.
But consider how we use the term. Don’t we generally expect the term to refer to an honorable, dignified, highly competent leader?
With the term “presidential” in mind, let’s consider the way we have arranged our presidential debates. Thanks to the way we have allowed the main stream news media to run the debates, don’t they look something like bear-baiting or a cock fight?
Instead of treating people who have offered to lead us with dignity and respect, we do our best to encourage them to lie and slander each other. Note that the RNC did its best to aggravate the situation (See Here’s Why The Audience Was So Raucous At Saturday’s Republican Debate (www.huffingtonpost.com) and RNC Under Fire Over Debate Audience Stacking–Local GOP Chairman Confirms Party Donors Get Debate Tickets (www.breitbart.com)).
Given the way we treat our candidates, we probably don’t deserve honorable, dignified, and highly competent leadership. Nonetheless, for the sake of our children, we need to find such leaders.
Therefore, we must ask. Which of the candidates seems most presidential? Keep in mind we are electing a person. Chances are we won’t get anything approaching perfection, especially given our own imperfections.
Is Donald Trump presidential?
Here we have a man who has no problem saying what he thinks. His language is coarse. He does not lose graciously. He rips into his opponents with glee. He has openly admitted donating money to Democrats to buy influence. His public record strongly suggests he should be running for the Democratic Party’s nomination (See Donald Trump Is No Conservative (www.theatlantic.com) and Conservatives against Trump (www.nationalreview.com)).
Is Trump presidential? A good leader? Maybe. But presidential? Seriously?
Is Ted Cruz presidential?
What is the big slam against Ted Cruz? He is not popular with his colleagues in the Senate? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Is Ted Cruz presidential? Could be.
Is Marco Rubio presidential?
The Ugly Truth About Marco Rubio And His Gang-of-Eight Amnesty Bill (townhall.com) and Marco, Marco, Marco (www.conservativereview.com) explain the issue with this candidate. Otherwise, he is presidential.
Because Governor Rick Perry was soft on immigration, Conservatives dropped him in a heartbeat.
Is Marco Rubio presidential? Wrong question. What is Rubio still doing in the presidential race?
Is Ben Carson presidential?
Ben Carson is well spoken and very smart. His calm demeanor is exactly what we need.
Is Ben Carson presidential? Unfortunately, Carson does not have a record of serving in public office. So how well he might do is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, we could do worse.
Is Jeb Bush presidential?
Jeb Bush’s father could not win a second term. He broke his promise. “Read my lips. No new taxes.” Jeb Bush’s brother bailed out the big banks. That put Barack Obama in office, and that has been a disaster. Therefore, when Jeb Bush started running for office, he could not decide whether to distance himself from his family or embrace his heritage. And we are considering for him president? Weird!
As it is, Jeb Bush has continued to run only because he has the backing of lots of big donors. What has he promised those people?
Is Jeb Bush presidential? Only if we want more of the same.
Is John Kasich presidential?
As governor of Ohio, John Kasich embraced Obamacare. He thinks Obamacare is biblical, not unconstitutional (John Kasich Rips ObamaCare Critics For Not Understanding the Bible (www.breitbart.com)).
Is John Kasich presidential? No.
Is Bernie Sanders presidential?
Before voting for this guy, read this, Bernie Sanders: 17 things the Democratic socialist believes (www.bbc.com). Keep in mind that we have a constitutional republic. Just as Barack Obama has already broken his oath as president, to do what he wants to do, Sanders would also have to violate his oath of office. In addition to violating his oath, Sanders would wreck what is left of our economy; he would reduce us to a third world has-been.
Is Bernie Sanders presidential? A socialist? How did we get to the point where we even have to ask?
Is Hillary Clinton presidential?
Is Hillary Clinton presidential? No. Hillary Clinton and her Bubba both belong in jail.