Letters to the Editor

Election: Next leader needs statesmanship

This country needs our next national leader to be a statesman/stateswoman. A statesman is “a skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure,” according to Oxforddictionaries.com. Contrast that with the two leading GOP candidates.

We do not need the candidate whose political experience has resulted in a lack of respect from his congressional peers of both parties.

We do not need the candidate who, by way of example, repeatedly touts his wealth, viciously demeans fellow candidates, insults a worldwide religion and childishly mocks someone with a serious disability.

Supporters admire that he “says what he thinks.” Is saying whatever pops into your head, without any thought or contemplation, equivalent to “saying what you think”? On the international stage, would this candidate resort to his familiar theater of eye-rolling, shrugs and face-making?

Dean Acheson, former U.S. secretary of state, opined that “the first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.” Perhaps there is something to be said for “dull.” President Harry S. Truman noted that “a president needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.”