American presidents perform less than they are capable of doing. Do you know why? Before they become president, they are already weakened. Americans weaken their leaders maybe without knowing or wanting to. The system they have put in place makes them weaken their leaders by being too critical of them. Before you become a leader in the US, you are virtually torn apart, dissected, and disabled by the public – media, fellow politicians, your opponents and the public in general. This, I think is not good.
True that it is done in the name of democracy, freedom of expression etc. But what I am asking myself is if this helps. Who does it help? How does it help?
There will never be a time in our times when the world will have perfect human beings. That might be possible in future centuries but not in ours. Those who want a saint to be their president are fighting a lost battle. We all make mistakes in our lives. The fact that I might have made a mistake at one time in my life does not mean I will make the same or a similar mistake in future.
What is important is what I am now not what I was yesterday. It is what I have proven capable of doing now and in the future. If I have made no mistake in the past but there are indications that I may make mistakes in the future, I am worse than someone who has made mistakes in the past, learned from them and is ready to stay clear of them in future.
What is important is how Hillary plans to handle E-mails when she becomes President not what she did with emails when she was in office as Secretary of State. If the later is important, it should not be blown beyond proportions. I get upset and confused when the same Americans who have taught me over the years not to let my past define me are letting the past define them. History is important to build the future by avoiding the mistakes of the past not refusing to give anyone a chance because they made a mistake in the past. Americans are at the forefront of rags-t-riches stories, meaning they believe in changing for the better. How comes it in politics they hang on what people have done?
I will understand if from a moral perspective someone’s immoral past disqualifies them for public office not that someone is deprived of the opportunity to serve because in trying to do their work in the past they made a mistake or two. Let anyone who has lived a mistake-free life step forward and present themselves. Even the greatest men and women in history made mistakes.
When Americans scrutinize and criticize their leaders too much, they not only tear them apart they inhibit them; and when such inhibited persons get to power they tend to perform less than they are really capable of performing.
I dare to call on dear Americans to criticize their leaders less. Tear your leaders apart less, dear Americans; inhibit your leaders less. Judge them on what they say and do now not on what they said and did yesterday. What are Hillary and Trump doing now? What are they ready to do now? Looking at their pronouncements now, can they be trusted? not what they said and did many years ago.
Why do I go into all this? Who am I to give a lesson to anyone? I am a citizen of the world. I have a right to talk about this because an American president has a world impact. An American election to the White House concerns me as well. If the world becomes unsafe because of the leadership given by America, all of us will suffer. I thank and congratulate the wise, honest and honorable American leaders who are courageous enough to speak out in favor of the right path for their country and the world; who have taken the path that should be taken without fear or favor. Who are consistent with American values.
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