On the American presidency

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Ah, 2007; the good ol’ days:

‘The current politics of popularity, and the reality show atmosphere that surrounds presidential elections, have not held the nation in good stead. We labor under the myth of our own goodness and believe that it doesn’t matter who runs the nation, since the balance of power between the branches of government, and a free activist press will protect us from our own bad choices. Recent history proves that we must pay more attention to the criteria by which individuals are selected, because twenty-first-century high stakes political strategies can neutralize even the best laid plans of the nation’s founders … The next President of the United States should be a twenty-first-century thinker and visionary, a woman or man whose sense of responsibility includes a personal and political identity that is deeply connected to the lives of others in the world. An American presidency is never confined to the political interests of the electing nation; this is an office that influences the world and accordingly requires a leadership model predicated on integrity and vision’.

– Barbara Holmes, ‘The Politics of Vision: Transforming the Presidency’, Political Theology 8, no. 4 (2007), 417, 418.

5 thoughts on “On the American presidency

  1. Then we don’t need Hillary. They ransacked the Whitehouse upon thier exit the first time and she funneled 55 million to the university Bill was Chancellor at and 16 million of those funds went to the Clinton Foundation.

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  2. Is she abused her post as Secretary of State to rob from the American people, just imagine what of our rights and liberties she would exchange for her own gain as president. The State Department sponsored Bill’s University during her leadership.

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  3. “a woman or man whose sense of responsibility includes a personal and political identity that is deeply connected to the lives of others in the world.”
    Wouldn’t that be amazing.

    I found myself wondering something along the same lines at a recent symposium: what if the leadership in this field were men and women whose personal sense of responsibility included a personal and theological identity that is deeply connected to the lives of others in the world?
    There were those present who were such men and women.
    But wouldn’t it be amazing if it was a given standard.

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