How NOT to elect a president in 2020

As of the date of this article, there are more than a dozen Democratic candidates and a handful of insurgent Republican candidates for president of the United States. While many may chalk the large field of candidates up to energetic opposition to Donald Trump, let’s consider another possible explanation: incompetence.

I want to be clear here, with a few exceptions, any of the many candidates of either party would be an improvement over the four alarm dumpster fire presently infesting the White House, but it’s not simply a question of being better than Donald Trump, is it? After all, bad is technically better than awful, but bad is still bad.

I think perhaps the problem we have in America is that we’ve become so obsessed in looking for the bad in our political rivals that we’ve forgotten what good even looks like. Does a good candidate come out of a field of over a dozen candidates, each slinging one liners and playing the margins just to avoid getting voted off of the island?

Well, look at how well that worked for the Republican Party. Is that what America needs, a leader chosen by a mad cap reality television show of backbiting politicians? I sure hope not. It seems to be that the Democrats and Republicans have the same problem, and that is no one in either political party seems to know what makes a good leader.

A good leader needs two skills above all other skills. First, a good leader needs a finely honed sense of the competencies and weaknesses of other people. This comes in handy when the leader needs to choose people to fill crucial government offices, overseeing vast portions of the regulatory and economic spheres of their country.

Second, a good leader needs an equally finally honed sense of his or her own competencies and weaknesses. Knowing where one is strong and where one is weak is absolutely indispensable in knowing where the leader needs to seek the counsel of experts or can depend upon their own judgment and expertise.

This is how I know that when the Democrats field more than a dozen candidates (just like the Republicans did for the 2016 elections) it’s a sure sign that a vast majority of the 2020 hopefuls are manifestly incapable of assessing the relative competencies and weaknesses of either the other candidates or, worse, themselves.

In an ideal world, where twenty candidates for office found themselves running for the highest office in the land, if all twenty were competent leaders, they wouldn’t need a series of costly debates and elections to find out which of them should be their Party’s candidate. They’d be able to sit down and work it out for themselves.

Sadly, it’s been a long time since a candidate in this country has demonstrated anywhere near this kind of leadership, and it’s going to be a very long time, if ever, before we see it again.

Liberty is For The Win!

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