A Pessimistic Presidential Candidate?

An unyielding optimist, I expect a Presidential Candidate to demonstrate optimism to the American people. Instead, he does the opposite. He denounces 47% of the American people. But the remaining 53% of us are somehow connected to the 47% "victims."  Those Americans are our children going to college, our senior citizen parents and the store clerk at our favorite grocery store. He is pessimistic about his shot for the presidency. Romney joked, "Had I been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot of winning this." This must be his only time in his life he wished he was a minority. “ He demonstrates presidential pessimism when he tells donors the Middle East will “remain an unsolved problem… ”

On the contrary, preceding presidents shared optimism for a peace agreement for Israel and the Palestinian people. The Camp David Accords, a peace agreement between Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem were a major achievement of the Carter administration. In 1982, President Reagan told the American people:  “America has long been committed to bringing peace to this troubled region. For more than a generation, successive United States administrations have endeavored to develop a fair and workable process that could lead to a true and lasting Arab-Israeli peace. He further states: Our involvement in the search for Mid-east peace is not a matter of preference; it's a moral imperative...Finally, our traditional humanitarian concerns dictated a continuing effort to peacefully resolve conflicts."

President Bill Clinton convened a peace summit between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. George W. Bush spoke optimism: “My vision is two states, living side by side in peace and security.  ... I am committed to doing all I can to achieve it.” What an optimist!

Our traditional humanitarian concern dictates optimism and may demoralize the 47% of our Americans neighbors who are struggling.  A lack of confidence in remaining who you are instead of  being one of the fastest growing population and still having a shot of the presidency lends to a question of authentic credibility. Optimism is part of our DNA.  It is optimism that helped us defeat Britain in the Revolutionary War.  It is optimism that gave Elizabeth Cady Stanton the will to fight for women’s right.  JFK was an optimist when he believed America could put a man on the moon.  Martin Luther King Jr. certainly was an optimist and had a dream for our nation.  The President was optimistic in the Seals' ability to hunt down the perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks.  If the Presidential Candidate cannot project optimism, the plight of America will persist in pessimism if he prevails in securing the presidency.

 

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