There have been 14 Presidential elections in my lifetime, and 2012 is number 15. Style and rhythm can be recognized by a young child and a senior citizen, but it is very difficult to quantify. It’s like distinguishing between art and porn. You just know it when you see it. Friends have told me that they are only interested in issues, and I encourage them to reconsider style and rhythm. Someone who stakes out the very best position on every issue, and uses all his energy criticizing an opponent for his position on an issue does not have a style and rhythm that I respect. The nominees I respect are the ones who are good at articulating their own vision.
I don’t give points for style and rhythm to someone who is good at lying. I don’t give points to someone who believes respect for the office of President does not allow him to fight any smears leveled against him. That is simply giving up too much respect of the office for your own good.
The four men pictured are the only nominees for President who earned my respect for style and rhythm. They are different in ideology, issues, age, style, and rhythm. Three of these four won five elections. Barry Goldwater lost to LBJ, and he is the only one of these four whose style and rhythm changed. The Barry Goldwater of 1964 changed a lot by 1984 when he was serving his last term as Senator.
The one thing these four do have in common is there are great quotes from these four men. The other eight elections did not have a nominee whose style and rhythm earned my respect. I suspect 2012 will be like those eight instead of the special six. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater had “it” before they became the nominees, and none of the candidates in 2012 have “it.” I do my civic duty and vote in every presidential election. I wish every presidential election had a nominee with style and rhythm who could earn our respect. As long as the RNC continues to agree to Democrat media controlled debates, and as long as they are silent to unfounded vicious, personal attacks made upon our candidates, and as long as smears on the Tea Party continue, we’re in a world of hurt. The Establishment GOP is paranoid about giving up one iota of power, which makes it difficult recruiting candidates and convincing them to run and allow themselves to be vetted under the liberal microscope or by those in our own party who prefer to keep the McConnells and McCains in power.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.