Sunday, July 17, 2011

The White House Needs a Pioneer

When Obama was elected I was generally pleased that someone from the South was not going to be president.  Unfortunately, he is such a mutt and vagabond that he doesn’t attach to any region.  I suspect that this is not good because he has no anchor, is listless and directionless.

I like the South in many ways, and much of my family history comes from there.  Great food and lovely ladies with nice accents can be found there.  But I am tired of the belligerent attitude that most southern politicians bring to DC; Eric Cantor being the most recent belligerent.  Since the early 1960s we have had the following southern presidents:  Johnson, Carter, Clinton, & Bush Jr.  Those 16 years with Clinton-Bush Jr. was too much.  It seems the South has risen again and is dictating national policy, just as they did in the antebellum years.  Well, yawl know where that led.

My preference is someone with alkali in their veins, who knows what Hantavirus is, and understands that immigrants are not aliens.   

My image of such a person is more the Pioneer rather than the Mountain Man or the Marlboro Man.  Someone who Walt Whitman or Willa Cather could write about, someone with a vision and a destination, and the will to carry it out.

“All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!”

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