On the eve before the US election, I came to the realization that life tomorrow changes – for good or bad the driver of the United States will change.
To that end, and for my own therapy, I thought I’d write an open letter to each candidate expressing my hopes and concerns with their respective candidacy.
My first letter is to Senator John McCain, I’ll write Senator Obama tomorrow.
If you win the election tomorrow, I’d ask several things of you.
- Always remember that there are people that better understand technical or other policy issues. Do not be afraid to look for folks more knowledgeable on a topic than you. Seek their advice, their council, and do not be afraid to think thru a problem before taking action to fix it.
- Remember that should anything happen to you, Sarah will be taking over your responsibilities. Never believe your own press, she’s not ready – yet – but with your help she may be. Teach her, guide her, and help her to become a leader capable of leading your great nation.
- Your temper is your worst enemy, remember – if you get mad – you’ve already lost. As president you must always be in control of your emotions. As a senator you haven’t always been successful in fighting your darker nature. As president you must make a greater effort.
- You’ve been accused of giving up your principles to advance your career. You’ve followed in the steps of Karl Rove and run an extremely negative campaign. While running on a campaign of not being the other guy may get you elected – do not for a second believe that sort of fear mongering is any way to run a country. Do not select a unpopular group or race as your national scape goat – instead focus the attention of the nation on its problems and issues.
Senator, I wish you the best on your presidency – and remember this isn’t just your legacy – its the future of the US and its trading partners.
David A. Ellis