In a recent poll, it had been reported that approximately 40% of Republicans are not happy with the current field of presidential candidates. This will include the candidates who have declared their intent to run and those who are expected to run. The big question is twofold; can any Republican candidate beat Barack Obama in 2012, and if he can, can he be an effective president? When I say effective president, I'm referring to someone who can lead the country in the direction of prosperity and bring American greatness again. I do not mean effective as relevant to our past two presidents.
A generation ago, we had Ronald Reagan running for the presidency for the first time. He is now regarded as a great president. Did we know he was great in 1980? And if he was so great, why did it take until 1980 for us to discover this?
Sometimes we are lucky enough to know greatness when we see it. And in time. Too often, it's well past the time that we should know that we have something great within our grasp. When the conditions are right, a hero will perform heroic acts.
The truth is, life is never short of big problems. And if we don't look inside ourselves to solve our own problems and create the circumstances for which we may solve our own problems, we look to others. We are fast approaching the time in which we need to decide who we want to lead this country for the next four years. Will it be Barack Obama again? Will it be someone else? Will someone actually step up to the plate and lead? That's the real question.
With the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is expected to get a big bump in the approval ratings. Bringing down bin Laden has been a goal of this country for well over a decade. Having finally accomplish this is a big deal. But like everything else, life goes on. Will this actually mean the end of the war on terror? Or is it just another milestone? At some point, we will be reminded again that the economy is still stagnant, jobs are still hard to find, in a secure retirement is still elusive. In other words, it's the economy stupid.
The current field of Republican candidates seems a bit thin especially when it comes to looking like they will be strong leaders. Donald Trump came out with some strong words in opposition of the president's policies and looked like he was about to become the front runner. Then he made a speech that was less than eloquent that included a few f-bombs, and the novelty was over. Now it's back to hear jokes. Will he announce his candidacy at the end of sweeps month or will he continue to implode?
Mitt Romney seems a bit more presidential, but his health care policy in Massachusetts has now backfired on his candidacy. Plus he is going to be viewed as the guy whose turn is next. Remember 1996? It didn't work then. Even 2008? It was John McCain's turn.
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is among the favorite of the people who are not running for president in 2012. He is a strong leader. And he doesn't take crap from anybody. He stood up to the teachers union and was effective in a way that Scott Walker was not. Chris Christie, I think, would make a good president. Yet, I agree with Chris Christie when he says that it is too early. If he establishes himself as an effective governor of New Jersey, he may be able to parlay that success into a successful run for president. 2016 should be his earliest year. Although there is no way that any candidate for president can fully prepare for the office, the United States can ill afford to have a president who is too inexperienced for the office.
If Chris Christie does not run for president, we still need someone who has strong leadership skills and confidence to take on major problems that are facing the country in the world. My intention here is not to beatify Chris Christie or make him seem like he has something better than who he is. He is still human, he can still make mistakes, and he can still blow it and ruin his chance to become president both now and in the future. But if we know greatness, and if destiny calls, every generation can experience a great leader. Perhaps America again can be made great again by an optimistic leader who will convince the vast amount of Americans that they can believe in themselves and expect great things out of themselves and their destinies will be fulfilled. But until that happens, we can only hope. And we have seen the consequences of relying on hope. Hope is a good thing, but it doesn't always deliver greatness.