Michael Bloomberg is the mayor of New York City. He is really part Republican, part Democrat, and mostly independent of those political parties. His wealth allowed him to propel himself into the top end of politics. He has given hints that he may consider running as a third party candidate for president. He is a far and positive cry from the likes of Ross Perot.
Among the role call now running for president, he would bring characteristics and nuances that are soley lacking in another group of political hacks running this election year. Where in the heck are all the quality leaders? Just about anyone would be an improvement over George W. Bush. But why is it that the U.S. cannot find leaders to match a Palme of Sweden, or Brandt of Germany, or even the current leader of Germany, Mrs. Merkel?
Look at the roster of U.S. candidates. They are political robots. They wouldn't know honesty or scholarship, ingenuity or leadership if it bit them on the nose. We can do better than this. As I write this, it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in America. None of the candidates running for President of the U.S. comes anywhere near the leadership, insight, and quality that this man represented. Why is it this way? Why can't we find quality in our political leadership? Is it the primaries, caucuses, and other hoops to jump through that is required? If we had media that knew how to confront these candidates, they would be exposed for the shallowness they have. But the "journalists" today are just as shallow.
I'll tell you what we need. We need voters with more intelligence, more honest in their own right, with more insight, more knowledge of the backdrop to world leadership that is required of a U.S. President. We do not have that. And our schools are turning out an assembly-line of MBAs who have no clue about any of this ...that is if they can first manage to get through high school without dropping out.
It is arrogant and smug to look down on today's voter. But it is also a denial of reality and a game of anti-intellectualism that we are now on that is going to see our demise as a society and nation. Our brand of capitalism is failing, and now the super-rich are beginning to pick the bones of what is left of an America that once was the envy of the world.