by Robert Arvay
In ancient Greece, there was a man named Diogenes who walked about in broad daylight carrying a lamp. When asked about this, he replied that he was searching for an honest man.
Today, we are carrying our figurative lamps seeking for a leader who is not only honest, but also, competent, courageous, and accomplished.
Looking down the line of nine, that is, the nine announced candidates for the Republican nomination; I find none who have ALL of the necessary qualities of a great leader.
And make no mistake about it. A good leader will not do. Good is simply not good enough. The problems this nation faces are monumental. (Whenever I begin to list them, the list gets very long, and I get very depressed.)
In times of crisis such as these, a single serious flaw in a president can be the undoing of the nation, as the following well known rhyme illustrates…
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For want of a rider, the battle was lost.
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
We need more than a “good” leader. We need a GREAT leader, another George Washington, another Ronald Reagan, someone whose qualities overshadow any human weaknesses they may have.
Frankly, even though ALL of the formal candidates are better than Obama, that does not mean that ANY of them can do the job that we need done.
Sarah Palin has set the bar very high as to what is really needed in a president, and NONE of the announced candidates measures up. Only she does.
If the ship is to run aground and break apart, whom would you desire at the helm? Should the blame fall upon your worst enemy, or your best friend? Frankly, I would not wish that fate upon my best friend.
I will probably vote for whomever Sarah Palin endorses, but if I waver at the last moment, I may just write in her name on the ballot.
Some say that in doing so, my vote will be wasted. I disagree. But even if it is wasted, at least my lamp will not.
Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad