Monday, September 26, 2005

My ideal candidate - the human side

I already wrote a piece on what political positions I want my ideal candidate to have. Now, I want to add some humanity to the candidate.

I want a candidate who runs a positive campaign full of positive ideas, ambitions for America and real goals. If he runs a smear campaign, I don't want him. I don't want someone to say how bad the other guys are. I want a guy who says how good he is.

I could care less what gender, what color, what ancestry, or what religion (including no religion) my candidate is. All I want is for him to be American, and proud to be an American. And I don't want his gender, color, ancestry, or religion interferring with his duties in driving America forward.

America has achieved things that no other country before has achieved. I'm tired of people apologizing for our success. My candidate wants to continue that success into the 21st century and not give our success to the one nation with nukes pointed at us.

I don't want my candidate coming from the Upper Class. I don't want one who has a rich father. I don't want one who married a rich widow. I don't want one who sued hospitals to get rich. I want one who knows what it's like to work hard, to carry a mortgage or pay rent, and one who knows how to buy his own groceries at the supermarket. If he became a multi-millionaire in his lifetime by hard work and ambition, more power to him. But he has to have roots with the common man and woman.

My candidate will trust the American people. He does not believe the role of the gov't is to be my Dad. I already have a Dad, and he was a real good father. I still to this day occasionally call him up and ask for advice. I don't need a second Dad.

Since he trusts the American people, my candidate does not care what books we check out at the library. He doesn't care what CDs we buy or what movies we watch. He doesn't care what guns we own. He could care less what video games we play.

My candidate sees America not only for its people resources, but also for the land, the water, the trees, and the animals. He values these all and does not want to see them exploited, for he knows how valuable they are to our future. We need open space and nature for our souls to develop fully.

He doesn't interfere with our roles as parents. He trusts us to do that job.

My candidate understands the importance of family. He also understands that the two most important professions in America are the parent and the educator.

He believes in rewarding good instead of relying on punishing evil. He is more carrot driven than stick because he knows that the American people are good and if gov't does not interfere with us, we can do more good things.

He doesn't care how you spend your weekends. What you do in your own home is nobody's business and he understands that. He trusts us to make our own decisions.

My candidate can speak well. He smiles a lot and has a wonderful sense of humor. He treats people with dignity and does not talk to anyone in a condescending tone.

My candidate values the men and women in uniform. He values those who have served our country and veterans of previous wars. He prays for peace, but will never let his guard down. And of course, he's prepared for the upcoming zombie plague and hopes you are too.

And lastly, he believes in the future. One of his goals is to get a manned mission beyond the moon. Let's have a real space station where ships can dock. Hopefully from there, my next candidate can lead us to the next step, which is a manned mission to Mars. One thing this world needs is more frontiers. Gene Roddenberry was right when he said space was the final frontier.


Blogger Scott said...

Good luck seeing a poor candidate rise in the polls, but I am right there with you. How about a common man for a change with some ideals that haven't been crushed by the constant bashing of politics. I hate all the smear tactics too. I hope we'll get to see at least one election where both parties debated peacably and above the belt.

9/26/2005 9:45 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Since he trusts the American people, my candidate does not care what books we check out at the library. He doesn't care what CDs we buy or what movies we watch. He doesn't care what guns we own. He could care less what video games we play.

Your candidate sounds ideal for the ideal situation, Zombie.
Unfortunately--there are people posing as Americans. They are not Americans and they hate everything about America.
What do we do about them?

9/26/2005 11:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hmmm... sounds a lot like Barack Obama to me (wink, wink)

9/26/2005 11:24 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Laura - Uh oh. I'm showing my ignorance here, but I have no idea who he is. Guess I'll have to read this:


Sadie - We'd simply ask them what their ideal country is. Then we give them a one-way plane ticket there. For some strange reason, I bet they'd not only beg to come back but they'll be very patrotic when they return.

I'm all for criticism, but I'm really tired of America bashing. Huge difference.

Scott - I think a lot of Americans are turned off by the mud slinging. It doesn't accomplish anything.

As for the common dude (or dudette), he doesn't necessarily need to be poor, just not born rich. I'd want him to know what it's like for the average American to pay rent or a mortgage.

9/26/2005 11:29 AM  
Blogger Moni said...

Ha! You don't want very much...only what is deemed darn near impossible. ;) It's not too much to ask, but it's way too much to expect. Well, I hope a candidate comes along with those qualities. Why not? Miracles happen everyday. lol

9/26/2005 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Frightened said...

He would have to be god himself and a lefty no doubt, also always right in a dictatorial sense and the only silvertail fatcat permitted in America. Sieg-heil.

9/26/2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

A sort of Utopia-shangri-la zombie in wonderland dream world, with the words success aspire dare and worry removed from the dictionary.
Sounds like 'Strayer dowm under' sport, without that mate of your El-Supremo.

9/26/2005 3:24 PM  
Blogger Levi Nunnink said...

I don't think that Zombie is expecting this candidate to pop up, I think he's writing his ideal candidate. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Zombie: One question, which presidents have been closest to your ideal candidate?

9/26/2005 3:25 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Levi - That's a good question. My fav president in the past fifty years was JFK. He was born upper-upper class though. But you are 100% correct, this is ideal. No one will fit that description piece by piece.

Vest - Of course this guy doesn't exist. I can dream though, can't I? ;)

Frightened - A Lefty? Definitely not from an economic sense.

Moni - Levi was right. This is an ideal, kind of like when men and women are single and someone asks them what they're looking for in a future spouse. Of course no one will fill that list, but there definitely are qualities people would want.

9/26/2005 4:17 PM  
Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

I know you said you don't care if your candidate is female or not, but the rest of the post reads as if it's male. "He will ...." and "He'd better...".

On a side note, I think most people would prefer "no smear" campaigns. Problem is that no matter how good a person's intentions are not to use smear tactics, what are you supposed to do when you get smeared? Most Americans won't vote for someone who "lies down and takes it".

9/26/2005 4:29 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Notta - That's because I'm lazy. ;)

I'd love for a candidate to announce a "No Smearing." Would love to see candidates agree to this. If someone breaks the agreement, let it be known that they're stooping low. They'd end up looking bad.

9/26/2005 5:15 PM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

I vote for Monica Bellucci. Whatever she runs for. (Even though you already snagged her...grumble....)

9/26/2005 8:24 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

ZS..we have more in common than you think my dear sweet man..we both want the same imaginary candidate..labels are put on people and their can not be ignored, but when you brush away all the rhetoric and and I want the same things out of a candidate..I am a liberal yes, but I do not subscribe to one idealogue..i am a registered independant who has voted for three different partys candidates :)

9/26/2005 8:25 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

ZL - Ha ha. I got dibs on her. :)

Dusty - Although I consider myself conservative, and even Right-wing on some issues, there's always been one thing that has always bothered me about the Right. It's a heart, or the lack thereof.

I do not believe in free market capitalism. I believe in some protectionism. I even believe in a safety net, although I don't want people relying on them. I'm for self-reliance, but fully realize that some people have just bad luck, and would hate to see them sit and rot when we could be helping them out.

And as I told Levi, my favorite president in the past 50 years was JFK.

So you and I may be more alike than we both realize.

9/26/2005 8:37 PM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Man folks are gonna jump on me for this one, but that description fits the kennedy lads. Who I admire greatly. OK they had issues, who doesn't, but their impact...and the loss of it...was far reaching.


9/26/2005 8:42 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

Well, I'd vote for him! I'd even campaign for him! I'm in support of everything you mention, right down to the space part. My brother always said it'd be easier to achieve world peace if we had a new frontier to conquer. Maybe that's so.

It's a nice dream, Slayer. Here's hoping it'll come true.

9/26/2005 8:59 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Miranda - I still have faith in the human race. I hope it does.

Bridget - don't like Edward, but the boys were okay. I got a chance to see one of them speak. He's the one who's still alive. Forgot his name.

He goes to show that one person could make a difference. He sued some companies that were dumping toxic crap into rivers and about several years later, those rivers are swimmable again. That is a big deal to me.

I think Robert had a heart of gold. I liked him too.

9/26/2005 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and then it all falls apart after an economic collapse- which is the result of America losing control of the debauchery and laziness of the people, and then anarchy and civil disobedience will follow, riots raping and public lynchings by all racial groups of opposing racial leaders,then to follow there will be famine disease and starvation affecting all Americans. This will lead to civil war-state against state just to possess the food of your neighbour, which will result in 99% of the pop dying and 10% to bury the dead, which will give the asiatic tribes the opportunity to relocate there peoples to the promised land of America. Lackadaisical managementis a no no,strong government a must.

9/26/2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Sign me up for the campaign.

9/26/2005 10:34 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

The price of liberty is eternal vigilence

9/27/2005 2:59 AM  
Blogger Mybrid said...

Bill Gates for President!!!

Yeah, shoot me, but he seems to be aligned with a lot of your beliefs of the ideal candidate. Particularly someone who worked his way up and knows what it is to work hard AND give back!

9/27/2005 4:59 AM  
Blogger Slade said...

I think it is funny that you said "I don't want HIS gender interferring..." Souunds like you've chosen the gender, ZS...hehe, you know I'm only picking on you

I do care what gender the candidate is...and I want it to be a damned woman for a change!!!

9/27/2005 6:20 AM  
Blogger jenbeauty said...

Agree with Scott! I was talking about this very thing with a co-worker yesterday. I don't need a candidate that is an attorney and has been brought up that his class is better than mine.

My issues, fix our education system and health care system first. Take care of our own and bring business back to the States.

Hell, I am not the smartest cookie, but I would run if I had the backing. But alas, no funds, no contacts and too many "rich folk" running things.

9/27/2005 7:22 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Jenbeauty - My issues, fix our education system and health care system first. Take care of our own and bring business back to the States.

Wonderful issues to fight for. These need some serious work.

Slade - Like I said, I'm lazy. Don't want to type "he or she" every time, nor do I want to type "they" which kind of sounds lame.

As for a female candidate, you should run. Why not? You're passionate, you're fiery. You're smart. Of course you're far from 35, but run for Congress first.

Mybrid - From a friend of mine who was a waitress in Seattle, he tips $1 regardless of the service. He frequented that restaurant a lot. As someone who's been a waiter for years, that's not cool. But of course, you're still free to like him, despite his bad tipping.

Vest - The price of liberty is eternal vigilence

Very well said. And apathy will be the death of liberty.

Jason - I can't run. I got way too many skeletons in the closet. But I will run for Congress. It's still on a small enough level that folks don't care as much.

Anonymous - Lackadaisical management is a no no,strong government a must.

Strongly disagree. We need to get off our heinies and take the gov't back. It's apathy that could bring down this great nation and vigilence that could save it.

9/27/2005 9:54 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

This stoush has been dominated by non constructive ideology and inneffectual flippant illogical submissions; with little focus on reality. The germ of the Idea is gratuitous "We Want" not how it is to be achieved, it is also paradoxial and hardly palpable.
Evaluating this science of ideas; motivated by the rapid change of regulatory authority, would seem to be potentially dangerous to America's present conservative government.
My scepticism is not expressed in order to intimidate the author of this enthusiastic idea; our dear friend the Zombie Slayer, Whom commands my respect. Amen,

9/27/2005 7:31 PM  
Anonymous frightened said...

comment by vest clears my brain,- Iam not any more frightened- too many fast change no good- thank you= I love men of the navy xxx

9/28/2005 1:05 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

Is that you Cho Cho San, are you still in love, do you remember that night of lust and passion of ours in that sordid Ginza back-street, when you sang---
Me no likee English sailor
Yankee sailor I adore
English sailor pay me plenty money
Yankee sailor pay one dollar more
Yankee sailor call me sweetheart honey
English sailor call me Ginza whore
Yankee sailor stay one hour and leave me
English sailor stay for evermore.

Role reversal depending on which navy was in port.
Bye Cho Cho San.

9/28/2005 3:42 PM  
Blogger Liquidplastic said...

I agree with you Zombie ... but this is just a dream right, this person doesn't really exist do they?

I also agree, we need to take back the government --- of course this mean overhauling the voting system, because this is where the government is stolen. Let me know how to begin and I will get to work with the Senior Citzens in my area. I am damn serious!

9/29/2005 12:27 AM  
Blogger clothosfate said...

I would marry an American just for a chance to vote for a candidate such as this.

I love to imagine things such as this. I guess I feel that if you are going to put the energy of your thoughts and hopes into something, it might as well be damned good!

Dream on...

9/29/2005 10:07 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Clothosfate - I've always dreamed big. I still do.

LP - No, this person is imaginary.

There is something you can do to help. Do you have access to a vehicle? If so, drive a bunch of seniors to the polls. I've personally known of some old people who didn't vote because they couldn't get a ride to the polls.

One thing I'd do if I were running this country is make voting day a holiday. I hate to see people not vote.

Vest - That song's awesome. Wish I knew the melody.

Frightened - I appreciate all folks who served. But I'm under the impression you're referring to something else. ;)

Vest - The way to achieve things is to set a goal, accomplish that goal, then set another goal. But the reason for idealism is so we have a series of goals to look forward to. Idealism without goal setting though is nothing but blank words.

9/29/2005 11:37 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

Ok Mr ZOM get your tonsils into this. It is sung to the same tune as the Gospel Hymn frequently heard in your bible belt.
"What a friend we have in Jesus".
I dare you to send me your vocal rendering of this ditty by E mail.

10/01/2005 1:59 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

We have compulsory voting in Good ole Srayer down under sport, beside 'the occasional donkey vote' the govt will soon enroll ROOS to vote on their behalf'.
Not long back, our prime minister little John Winston Howard (A former draft dodging Chicken Hawk, and now an arse kissing subordinate of king of the frigging world G W B. Was in Washington on some political holiday junket when a minder was asked by a journo, "Your PMs name is HUNT is not" The tough looking minder replied " Nah Mate, but you nearly had it right.

10/01/2005 2:31 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

Zom , did you know that our poor neighbour KIWILAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD, was the first country to give their women the vote, then most of the EWE'S aplied too.

10/01/2005 2:48 AM  

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