By John W. Lillpop
Just fifteen short months ago, Barack Obama was heralded as The One who could, and would, change everything.
* End the need for war by engaging, rather than fighting, our enemies.
* Repair an utterly devastated economy by spending, spending, and more spending.
* Provide universal health care for all.
* Spread wealth from the haves to the have nots.
* Solve the global warming crisis.
* Cut middle class income taxes.
* Eliminate poverty.
* Reform education.
* Heal the wounds of racial turmoil,
and still have enough time left over to shoot hoops in the White House gym now and again.
He was a light-skinned clone of John F. Kennedy, a black Camelot with no Negro dialect.
That was then, this is now.
Now, the world, and especially the American people, understands that being clean and articulate is simply not enough. Silver tongued oratory, in and of itself, is worth damn little, unless one is a motivational speaker.
Being president of the United States demands that one be capable of intelligent planning and decisive action in a world where simple-minded nice talk and wishful thinking can cost millions of people their lives.
As Barack Obama has learned, the Oval office is located right in the middle of a “no dithering” zone. Inexperienced community organizers rush in at their own peril!
Will Barack Obama’s nightmare be a teaching moment for conservatives and the American people?
Before any candidate, regardless of how handsome or beautiful, or how articulate, is considered as a nominee for the presidency he or she must be thoroughly vetted:
* Does he or she understand the complexities involved in the global economy and America’s role?
* Does he or she understand the geo-political landscape and just how America fits in?
* Does he or she possess enough scientific intelligence to digest and process the complexities of technological issues like global warming?
* Does he or she understand the true evil of Islamofascism and its potential to wreak havoc through terrorism?
Although they are good conservatives, I do not believe that folks like Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs,Scott Brown, or even Sarah Palin for that matter, possess the depth of experience, knowledge and savvy that America needs in the White House.
Like Barack Obama, each would be out of their league, in over their well-meaning heads.
America can no longer afford to elect people simply because they look or sound good.
We need people who know what they are talking about.
Will conservatives find and nominate such a person in 2012?