President Obama is already on the campaign trail for the 2012 election. If you want my honest opinion, I would say his 2012 campaign actually started on January 20, 2009, the day he was sworn into office as President of The United States of America.
In the 2008 election, President Obama’s campaign slogan was “Hope and Change”.
On January 8, 2008, after winning the Democratic nomination, Obama gave his now famous “Yes We Can!” speech, which brought us a second campaign slogan from him.
As we move closer to the 2012 election, there is mounting speculation of who will be President Obama’s Republican opponent. Quite honestly, I believe we need to “hope for change” in the possible candidates on the Republican ticket.
Depending on the day and the poll, three names consistently are given as top potential contenders. Unfortunately, I am not impressed with any of these three options. All three are what I, and others like myself, consider “Establishment”. I believe it is time for a REAL change that We The People can believe in!
The ideal candidate should encompass everything that defines America. I believe it should be a candidate who has real-world business experience because America is the Land of Opportunities abundant! Business is one thing that has defined America as extraordinary, because here, no matter your economic or social background, you are given opportunities that citizens in other countries only dream of!
Managerial experience is an absolute must, in my opinion, for the candidate running against President Obama. Being in a successful managerial position means this person has taken a stand and made tough decisions when they have had to be made. I think about a family business where a family member has fired another family member because they were not performing their job duties. This must be one of the toughest decisions that ever have to be made! It is decisions like these, tough decisions, but necessary decisions, that define a true leader.
I believe the nominee should have a strong understanding of our military and the importance of military. While President Obama claims to support the men and women who serve in the military, he has shown very little proof of this. As the cliché goes, “actions speak louder than words”.
I could continue listing many qualities that I feel are imperative for the nominee who will run against President Obama, but I will save that for a different day.
What has caused the meanderings of my mind today has culminated into this article.
We are at a point in history where, quite honestly, so few of us actually know our history! If you do a simple internet search of “man on the street” interviews about current and historical political and world affairs, very few people interviewed know the answers to the questions that are asked.
However, if you ask the average person a question about the latest reality TV show they can not only answer the question you ask, they can give you the history of that reality show, the celebrities that are a part of the show, and everything about the history of the celebrity themselves. It is truly a sad state of affairs we are in when “The Situation” refers to a person rather than an actual situation!
The reality of the matter is the situation we are in as a country; we may have to think a bit outside of the box in this next election. I have contemplated this fact after a troubling conversation I had recently with my Dad. He believes that to actually win this next election, the Republican Party is going to have to run a “celebrity-type” candidate. He believes that Donald Trump fits this bill, due to the fact that he is a reality show celebrity himself.
Donald Trump does have the business experience, managerial experience, and has made many tough decisions during his business career. Personally, I do not believe he has always made the wisest of decisions, but in reality, who of us have? We all have previous decisions we wish we could go back and change.
I believe that Donald Trump is a very strong supporter of our military, not only of the men and women who serve our country, but also the established military, what the military stands for, and what their purpose is as a whole.
While I consider two of the above points as positive points for Donald Trump, there are many things about him that bother me as a potential candidate, but I’ll explore those if and when Donald Trump officially throws his proverbial hat into the race.
In contemplating the coming months, one thing is for certain! If we have to stoop to the level of reality TV personalities running for President so we will have a chance of winning, I have the perfect campaign slogan! In rebuttal to candidate Obama’s nomination “Yes We Can” speech, the Republican candidate’s 2012 campaign slogan should be:
“OH NO YOU DIDN’T!!!”
(Pronounced: o no you dit-ten)
It will, without a doubt, resonate with the young people of today! And this is the future of our beloved country?!