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How to choose the next President!

Posted Friday, November 4, 2011, at 10:31 AM

Whatever your opinion is of his policies, you must agree that Mitt's got great hair!
Alrighty Folks! We are now approaching the time of the year where our political affiliations, or lack there of, will be battered and tested from the far right to far left and everything in between so many times that we will be begging for the United Kingdom to take us back under their wing! But then again, in the condition that we have been in over the last few years, who'd want us! So with this in mind we, the good old citizens of the United States must really give some thought about those we entrust with our greatest form of power, our vote. But picking the person we want to lead our country out of economic turmoil and back onto the road to prosperity is not an easy task. The ancient Hebrews had Moses, but he was basically running unopposed for the office of Messiah. Those few golden idols never made it past the third plague, and with God as a campaign manager this race was really never in doubt. But without intervention from a deity, how are we to know who is the best person for the job?

I spent a good deal of time giving this some serious thought and came to the conclusion that the best method of choosing the next President of the United States should be based on who has the best hair. Think about those presidents that you can remember and then determine whether they were regarded as good leaders or not. In the past fifty years or so we can always point to John F. Kennedy and the "Gipper" Ronald Reagan, and if we need to go further back we can bring up the image of Andrew Jackson, who was the only President to pay off the National debt! These guys could have modeled hair care products for GQ! Even Charlton Heston's portrayal of Moses showed him sporting a full mane. Can you remember the names of any bald presidents? Americans have not elected a bald President in over fifty years! The last bald president was Dwight D. Eisenhower and he had a victory in World War II to put him over the top.

Of course I am not saying to choose the next leader of the free world merely by the flowing locks of his hair, but it is something to think about. There has got to be a better method to see both the aesthetic appeal along with the candidate's policies and way of thinking. It might be good to set up a modification of an online dating site in which those wishing to run for President can post a picture or two and write a little bit about themselves. "Hi! My name is Mitt and I'm a Pisces, I like long walks on the beach, hot dogs and apple pie. My dislikes are the national debt, unions and ObamaCare." The site could have polls and list the number of profile views so we can see who the front runners are and perhaps even have a chat forum or instant messenger to take the place of the town hall meetings.

We can all have some great entertainment by poking fun at our political system and the candidates who aspire to hold public office. But we must realize that we are giving these men and women the power to make choices for us. For this reason the election process must be taken seriously and we must also understand that those media outlets of which we depend upon for timely information may have their own agendas. So we must sit back and take in all the information we possibly can to make an informed choice, or we can take the unfortunate route that so many others have chosen, which is "don't vote! It only encourages them!"

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Derek Stanton writes and daydreams for the pure joy of transposing his thoughts to the written word. Mr. Stanton holds an MBA degree and enjoys spending time near his home in South Florida when not with his family in the heartland of Missouri. A bottle of The Glenlivet Scotch, a good cigar and his loyal hound “Skippy” have been the muse that allows Derek to write about the world from a slightly different perspective.
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