I’d say something about what a tough job it is, what heavy responsibilities are being borne, and I’d find something to compliment.
Maybe he saved the country from financial ruin, maybe he slowed the progress of several wars, maybe he didn’t get the country involved in any new ones, for an immediate example.
But even if he hadn’t or didn’t or even if he did but one just can’t believe anything good of an opponent, it just doesn’t seem respectful to call someone else names or point out what you might think are someone else’s miscues. Especially when they have been done with good intentions and when there really wasn’t any perfect action to take in the first place.
And it’s even more especially unwise to call names and point out miscues when you yourself might with good intentions make best judgments on least perfect actions and get called names and make what someone else might think are miscues yourself.
If ever there were a tough job, this one is it.
And if ever there’s a job that should be respected, it’s this one too.
And ff ever Americans need an example of civility, it is now.
And if anyone could be that example, why not the people at the top?
And it would be every bit as appropriate for an incumbent to speak generously of his challenger.
If I were to run for president of the United States, I’d tell people up front that to solve the nation’s woes, it would be necessary to curtail benefits and raise taxes.
There would be no point in saying anything other than that, or in assuming people don’t already know it.
We can’t as a nation pretend our problems can be solved by someone else at some time other than now, making some sacrifice that we’re sure they’ll be willing to deal with even if we aren’t.
We can’t roll our eyes at nations whose debts are getting them into trouble when we’re not willing to address our own debts and troubles.
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