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High Expectations

I’m watching primary election returns from Mississippi of all places (not entirely sure why) and I have a question about the campaign.

Is it possible to have at least one presidential candidate who doesn’t envision the whole job as “commander in chief” – with everything else as time allows?

Can we elect someone to lead this country who sees the Secretary of State as a more important cabinet position than the Secretary of War Defense?

I know I’m probably naive, if not outright stupid.

But it’s my blog and I get to do that.

Next up, I want television news programs that explain and analyze important national issues and the positions of the candidates, instead of pouring over piles of trivial crap.

presidential, election, primary, priority


  1. Benjamin Baxter

    I have a feeling you’ll like this TV news story, however not-appropriate-for-school it is.

  2. Dave

    It seems a little no-win…we’re basically in a war right now. If candidates don’t prioritize it, it makes it sound like they don’t care about a quick outcome. If they do prioritize it, it leaves less time for education and such.

    I kind of like the way Lessig states it in the video here:

    Sometimes, fixing a key problem will provide a strong base from which the other problems can be addressed. (His examples of key problems are alcoholism to an alcoholic and questionable funding to politicians.) I could see education as a key problem to address, although I can see that legislators trump educators, so attempting to clean up political funding might be necessary to address first.

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