The first two questions face anyone who cares to distinguish the real from the unreal and the true from the false.
How to Pick a President Turning off all media for 48 hours does amazing things for clarity. When you return, the insane and unintentional comedy of the civilized world becomes clear.
Among the many salient things I noticed after my media hiatus, the U. Presidential election stood out as the most curious drama of all. Our checkered history of presidential voting Take a good look at the previous presidents of the united states. You can find credible literature describing many of them as both gods and as failures, often for the exact same deeds.
In hundreds of U. Many historians agree it takes at least a decade to sort out the impact of a presidents actions. Yet we bet so much on rejection or approval of the last president or two: By constitutional design the three branches of government keep each other in check, and no matter how great a single president is as an individual, the condition and party balance of the senate and judiciary they inherent determine their fate at least as much as their ability does.
Political campaigns stress the individual, but what is harder to evaluate is their skill at working with other branches of government. While we push as many people as possible to votethere is no primer, handbook, or tip sheet provided on how to avoid mistakes of elections past.
Take a look and see if the way we vote has resulted in what we voted for? And perhaps make some adjustments this time around? The mistakes we make when voting Many people vote for self-interest.
Construction workers vote for the president they think best understands construction workers e. But how can it make sense for everyone to vote solely on what suits themselves best?
Certainly self interest is a major consideration in a vote, but it has to be weighed against others. There might just be people in this country, or challenges to the common good, whose needs are more important to the future of the country than our own.
State and local elections often matter more for self-interest than national elections, by design. And serious weight often goes to superficial things.
The jokes about high school elections being popularity contests are apt: People forget we are biased towards picking people who look like us, or fit an image of what we think a president should look like. We are easily distracted away from better measures: Many of our greatest presidents were less than telegenic: In our short attention span media-rich times many great voices of our past would never have even been heard.
Many people make their list of positions on issues and try to find a candidate that best matches those positions. This is the idealists approach to decision making: Or if they will cause so much harm to the nation at large to outweigh the importance of those positions.
None of which showed up on position lists for the or elections respectively. Then consider how shallow our modern debates are: Lincoln and Douglas debated for over 20 hours inand for a senatorial race! A full days worth of debate might be too much for us today, but the modern presidential debate protocolsdiminish the candidates role in representing themselves to the public.
How to decode political coverage The simple test for any political coverage is to ask this: What does this have to do with their ability to do the job? What you hear is either trivia, gossip, mythology or noise. They are supposed to help us spot the good ones, or at least point out the attributes to look for, and that can not happen by endlessly dissecting the hidden meaning of a flubbed sentence in a speech, a vague promise, or a mistake of fact, things every president throughout history and forever into the future will, as non-robotic human beings, occasionally do.
The big confusion we make is mistaking the campaign for the presidency. Running a great campaign bears little relationship to being a great president, as the many mediocre and tragic presidencies in our history proves They ran better campaigns, right?
Sure, these things are subjective, but they offer a better framework, based on history, for making our next big bet. Greenstein, Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton University, calls out 6 attributes most related to success in officea veritable scorecard for our use: Effectiveness as a public communicator Organizational capacity Political skill obviously, but he explains specific traits Vision Cognitive Style Emotional Intelligence Read his descriptions of these skillsas he offers excellent, and easy to understand examples from history.Discover the best Political Commentary & Opinion in Best Sellers.
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Permalink. Excellent article but a couple of things ‘bother’ me. 1) The method used for ranking the Presidents was a poll.