As I write this column, I do not know who will be our President for the next four years. It could be Mitt Romney or Barack Obama again.
These are a few of the many things I hope the elected one will seriously consider.
1. Be totally honest in your speech and actions. Tell us the truth. If you promise a transparent administration, let us know what is happening without lying.
2. You are the President of the United States — all of US. Someone said, “When the number of people not working for a living, outnumber the people who work for a living, that is the end of the Republic.”
3. Study repeatedly the founding documents of our nation — Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and The Holy Bible.
4. Read carefully six to twelve of the top rated comprehensive histories of our nation. Be intelligently aware of what is going on. It will be impossible for you to determine wisely where we should be going if you do not understand where we have been. Remember, “The past is the prologue to the future.”
5. Spend at least one hour each day in serious biographical and inspirational reading to help you grow in the presidency. You do not know it all, only a tiny speck of the knowledge available. Be a growing and developing person.
6. Choose your cabinet with great care. Choose people of positive experience, success and intelligence.
7. Keep the military strong, prepared, ready and use only when necessary and when a definite goal and victory have been established as worthy of sacrifice for success.
8. “Speak softly and carry a big stick” was the adage often assigned to President Theodore Roosevelt who led a group of reform-minded citizens who became known as progressives. Do not begin the day looking for trouble, but be prepared to deal with it if and when it comes.
9. Never forget to live by the founding principles of our nation. Abandon them and you will lead the nation astray. Begin to pay off the national debt and do not increase it. We run it up higher at our own peril.
10. We need a nation working and not a nation paid to do nothing. Any person of able body and mind can do something productive for the money, food stamps, handouts and commodities they receive. Paul, a man of brilliance, wrote to the church of the Thessalonians, and warned them of idleness and doing little to help themselves, with these words, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
11. Provide a commonsense approach to national health care, service, insurance and costs.
12. Challenge and inspire all our citizens to love and serve to the best of their ability and that certainly includes the president. We need a president who will always be at his best.
13. Being President of the United States of America is the toughest job in the world if it is done right, but please do not blame somebody else when you fail. A whining man is a weak man.
You asked and begged for the job. You now have to accept the responsibilities of the office. You worked hard to get it. You must continue to work that way and I do hope you will work smart. If you cannot stand the heat in the kitchen, then exit to the back porch and order your meals from Chick-fil-A. There are other important things, but a “Baker’s Dozen” is enough from me. I assure you and your family of my prayers.