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YOU have to be CALLED to RUN for PRESIDENT

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying something to the effect that:

“You have to be a little bit crazy to run for President.”

I agree with her.  And Hillary should know:  After her bruising 2008 primary effort, where she ran nationwide ultimately to defeat, and in support of her husband’s two successful runs, she has ample experience!

But I think a potential Presidential aspirant needs to be able to articulate a calling for the office.  The first thing a potential candidate needs to do is pray, pray and pray – maybe fast and pray.  Seek God’s will.  (I am not saying you have to be a Christian to be President)  Even my hero, Ambassador John Bolton, who can run and win if he can get the exposure and resources behind him, needs to start with that time of prayer.  Deep examination of conscience:  Why do I want to hold this office?  What do I hope to accomplish?

A candidate (really for any office but especially President!) ought to be able to say what cluster of skills and ideas calls them to the office.  That would be my first question (My second question would be:  Will your First Lady advocate for legislation while you are in office?  Answer better be no.) to any candidate.  No more naked ambition (Sam Houston once reputed to have said about Jefferson Davis that he was “…as ambitious as Lucifer…”; not exactly a compliment!) but a deep calling to aspire to the office of Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Coolidge, and Ronald Reagan.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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