My choice this election cycle did not come easy.

There are probably 5 or 6 democratic candidates who would make good presidents. Good, just good, not great. After Trump that would be child’s play, appearing to be a good president.

However, there were not many on last night’s debate stage who strike me as potentially great.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Roll that idea around in your head, a great president. We haven’t seen one in a long time. Not in my lifetime. We’ve had a number of good presidents. Presidents who followed laws and traditions. Presidents who honored the dictates and courtesies of democracy. Presidents who labored to help the downtrodden and fight against the rule of despots in countries near and far.

Roosevelt work program

In my mind, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the last Great President of the United States of America. A president who came along when America needed greatness and bold ideas. When you start from the fundamental belief that government exists to serve the needs of its populace, you stick your finger in the face of anyone who starts shrieking “Socialism!” as if there were bugs in their bed.

Also a work program, but environmentally-focused

If F.D.R was a socialist he was a pretty strange looking socialist. More effete intellectual than socialist firebrand, more concerned citizen than self-enriching politician, F.D.R. came from a privileged background, the kind that believed their duty was to lean over to help those lower on the social and economic ladders. Noblesse oblige in all its glory, especially when showered down upon impoverished masses with hollow dustbowl futures.

Bringing the Modern Era to an entire region

And now, 74 years after the death of F.D.R., I survey the debate stage and search for the one candidate strong enough, committed enough, and human enough to wear the mantle that F.D.R. so brilliantly modeled. A candidate strong enough in her beliefs to shrug off all the naysayers that will come at her. And there will be many. But, most important, a candidate strong enough to beat the wind out of a corrupt, noxious and bloated gasbag!

I believe there is such a candidate.

That’s why I’m supporting Elizabeth Warren.

10 thoughts on “A SEARCH FOR GREATNESS

  1. Norm Dauria

    To look for greatness in a president or anyone is naive. The best that we can hope for in a president is one who cares about humanity above his or her own personal interests and is relatively honest.
    We don’t have that with Donald. We elected in 2016 a self serving illiterate con artist who panders primarily to the extreme wealthy segment of our society. We need a president who understands the importance of a strong middle class. Without a strong satisfied middle class all that can exists is a very troubled nation.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      Thanks, Norm. Whether it’s naive, as you suggest, or not, I chose to set my sights on the potential heights these candidates might scale as president. And though I know it is impossible to apply any measure to a candidate at this point in the process, it is possible to look for signs of someone who a.) has the welfare of others in mind, b.)is smart enough and articulate enough to craft solutions to problems, and see them implemented; and c.) committed enough to fight like the devil for them. I used F.D.R. as an example of greatness. I just hope Warren, or someone else, can get in there quickly enough to prevent another dozen catastophes.

  2. Jim Baldwin

    I know you were all Bernie in ‘16. Why Lizzie instead?
    Really wish Biden could put a relevant, coherent thought/sentence together. He looks like a wandering lost lamb in these debates.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      I came to believe that Bernie made some sort of deal with the Democrats. He was so visibly and systematically cheated during the campaign and only squawked when the cheating was too obvious for him not to speak. I also believe Warren has the brains and chutzpah to carry most any battle she enters, and doesn’t carry the “socialist” tag the way Bernie does. Look how she turned around all the negatives she had when beginning her campaign. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jim. Biden’s time has come and gone. There’s something interesting about the difficulty people have to twice catch lightning in a bottle, as they say. Biden looks good for a man his age, but that aint gonna be enuff.

  3. Margaret

    I agree, Paul. Though Warren is viewed as “shrill” in her delivery (sexist), let’s focus on the content of her ideas. I don’t think she seemed great at the last debate, but she is a learner and capable of adjusting/refining her approach to solving the problems of the nation. Her back story is strong and convincing as well. The Trumpers will never support anyone but T-Rump, so we can only hope the rest of the electorate will support the alternative, even with clothespins on the nose if required.

    However, I totally agree with her vision for the country.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      Thanks, Margaret. I know what you mean. There is something in Warren’s personality or bearing that is not comfortable or relaxed. It’s hard to imagine finding something to talk about one-on-one with her, or going out for a beer. I actually had to step over that issue in endorsing her, because I think she not only has the ideas, the values and the dedication to reach for greatness, but also has the ability, as you suggest, to learn and improve. She managed to become the front-runner even though she started out with more negatives than the others.

  4. D.A. Mittell, Jr.

    What this needs is your reasoning. As it is you only seem to be saying, This is what I think because I think it and that’s enough for the likes of you!” –D.A.M., jr.

  5. Tomas O'Leary

    I was thinking of casting my vote for Paul Steven Stone, but in deference to his high regard for Warren
    am seriously re-thinking my vote. I believe I must mull this for a very short while more.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      Try a little mull wine while you’re mulling it. I might look more attractive after a bottle or two. Heard someone singing Danny Boy the other day; couldn’t hold a candle to my friend with the squeezebox. I will shortly contact you and arrange to meet for lunch, if that’s to your pleasure. Hugs!!!


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