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Starting at the top, with some respect
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If I were to run for president of the United States, the first thing I would do is pay tribute to the person who currently holds the post.

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.

If I were to run for president of the United States, I’d give those who came to the United States looking for jobs or freedom or to pursue happiness, those who have worked and contributed and raised children who are also working to contribute – I’d give them the chance at citizenship. You can call it amnesty or whatever you’d like. I call it sharing the same gift we were fortunate enough to have been given through no efforts of our own.

Finally, if I were to run for president of the United States, I would take a page from JFK and talk about how we all need to do something together for our country rather than wait around for it to do something for us.

And I would admit to everybody that I would not be the solution to every problem from jobs to peace.

Because this isn’t a country that one person can make succeed or can bring to failure.

This is a country where some people make laws, some others enforce them and yet others interpret them.

This is a country where people with differing histories and different viewpoints get together and talk and argue, debate and compromise until they came up with solutions.

It wasn’t one person when it began and it won’t be one person now.

It will take teamwork and that teamwork will start with respect.

And this is a country that can do it.

lshaw@davisclipper.com

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