I just wrote a post that I thought was one of the best I've written. When I went to publish....it got lost! So here's something else while I curl up in the corner and cry.
When a company has a job opening, they advertise the position and hire someone they feel is the best person to fill the position. When the open position is, say, Chairman of the Board, the shareholders of the company cast their votes. Sometimes the sitting chairman is re-elected, sometimes he (or she) steps aside and someone else gets the position. The shareholders look for the person who they feel is best qualified to lead the corporation for the next few years. This is the person who will guide the company in their growth potential, creating more productivity, more jobs, and, hopefully, higher profits. If the company grows, all is well with the company. The shareholders are happy and will re-elect the chairman. If the company is losing money, the chairman may be replaced. You can bet that someone is sure they can do the job better and wants a chance to do the job.
Politics are alot like a corporation. Think of America as the corporation. The president is the Chairman of the Board. The shareholders are the voters. If the majority of voters think the company, America, is prosperous, Bush is likely to be re-elected. If the majority think that the company is in trouble, then Kerry will probably win.
I see a company that is prospering. Employment is up, manufacturing, housing, the stock market, and most of the pertinent points of the economy are high and going higher. Sure, there are problems, what company is perfect?
Mr. Kerry, one of the candidates for Chairman of the Board of this company doesn't agree that this company is prospering. He sees all kinds of problems. He has little good to say about this company. Okay, I'm a shareholder and choosing how I will cast my vote. Is he the best candidate to lead this company? What is his attendance like at his current job? Hmmmm....the governor of Massachusetts wants him to resign because he's missed so many senate votes - 89% - (I wish I had the links I found last week). What about his opinions? hmmmm.....seems like he changes his mind an awful lot. Can he relate to the average person in the company? He's rich, has several homes, lots of cars, a jet to campaign in. Doesn't sound like someone I can relate to. But wait! He served in Vietnam and earned 3 Purple Hearts. My father refused a Purple Heart in WWII - he didn't think a cut finger deserved a Purple Heart. There is some question as to whether the injuries Kerry received when he got his Purple Hearts were much more than my Dad's cut finger.
I want a chairman of the board who is no afraid to make decisions. I don't want a chairman who won't change his mind, mind you. If new information indicates that another direction should be followed, then the chairman should be able to change direction and lead this company in another direction. I want a chairman who is not afraid to stand up to other companies and say, no, this is not acceptable.
Is Bush the perfect chairman? No. But right now, he looks a sight better than the other candidate.
What do you want in a Chairman of the Board?