Candidates are elected to office in this nation when the independent citizens who decide to vote align themselves with some political party. This fact was demonstrated in the last election. The political propaganda machines aim their messages at the undecided mugwumps who are swayed one way or another depending on the proposed solutions to the most urgent unresolved social/economic problems.
Choosing a candidate for president requires independents to vote for the most practical candidate available, even though the image of that candidate may be blurred by unjustified accusations and negative attack ads. Of the more prominent candidates from the last presidential primaries, J. E.
Bush has eight years of executive experience as Governor of Florida. If he aspires to the higher office of President of this nation, he must have a vision of what has to be done to restore the public’s confidence in government leadership and a concrete agenda to achieve that vision despite the objections of adversaries in his party or in the opposition parties.
Here are a dozen questions for J. E. B. to consider before he decides to announce his candidacy:
1. Since the economic recovery is expected to be drawn out over the next few years, what else would he do to stimulate the creation of jobs for the unemployed in this country?
2. Because the Republican Party has been raided by Tea Party conservatives, can he bring the conservative coalition into focus on the issues that require Congressional support and action?
3. Does J. E. B. have a firm policy for helping other countries without intervening or interfering with local government activities by putting U.S. interests ahead of local interests?
4. Can he bring about the necessary Congressional action to thwart the invasion of more illegal immigrants and resolve the problem of those already living and working here?
5. Will he demonstrate the economic wisdom of balancing a budget via increasing taxes and reducing unsustainable popular entitlements?
6. If the countries of Asia becomes a stronger force that demands the U.S. to find ways to coexist economically and politically, how would he proceed?
7. If taxes must be increased, would he eliminate the exceptions that favor some and ask everyone to share in the burden of helping this nation become financially responsible again?
8. What would he propose to fix the recent healthcare law that appears to be unconstitutional in several aspects? Would he fine those independents who refuse to buy mandatory insurance?
9. In spending money for countering threats of terrorism, would he consider spending less money in airport security and more money on international intelligence?
10. How soon would he remove our troops from those locations where we are unwelcome and just marking time?
11. Assuming the partition of Israel into two countries is not forthcoming, would he turn that never-ending problem over to the United Nations to negotiate a final solution?
12. After his in-depth experience in managing the executive branch of a state government, what has he learned that would be useful in reining in the many ineffective and expensive agencies of the federal government?
The independent-thinking citizens of this nation will vote for a candidate that will follow-up his answers to these questions with sound actions and not with political excuses for postponing taking action. Americans want a more just democracy with a future and not a deficit financed socialism with none.