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What this country needs of a leader who owes his or her loyalty to America — and the Americans who live here and love the country.
That’s all Americans — black, white, Hispanic, conservative, liberal, straight, gay, male female or any other label that anyone wishes to lay upon them.
Such leadership requires someone who is not a Democrat or a Republican or a member of any fringe group like the Tea Party. It requires someone whose only aim is to serve a large, diverse and problem-plagued country that needs a leader, not a follower of anyone’s political, religious or philosophical bent.
Which means, of course, that not one of the current crop of potential candidates for President in 2016 qualifies as a needed leader of America. Not one of the current crop of candidates considered for the House or Senate fits the bill.
Does this mean America is doomed?
On the surface, perhaps, but this is a nation that has dug down deep in the past and triumphed from adversity — starting in the 1700s with the American revolution and continuing through the Civil War, two World Wars and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
But succeeding in this current environment means sacrifice and determination. It means putting meaningless issues like abortion or bigoted attitudes on gays and long-establish racism behind us. It means putting petty arguments on guns and outdated attitudes on immigrants aside so that we can concentrate on the more important issue of an economy that’s stifled, a health care system that’s out of control and a rapidly-diminishing “American way of life.”
It means Americans — all Americans — must put their differences aside and work together for the good of a nation that needs a lot of help.
Can we do it? That’s a good question. Some would say “no” but we here at Capitol Hill Blue believe that enough true love of country exists in America to put stop thinking of ourselves first and our country last.
Let’s try stopping the practice of calling ourselves “conservative” or “liberal” and dropping labels like “Republican” or “Democrat” or “progressive” or whatever.
Let’s remember that underneath it all, we’re all members of a nation founded on a notion of freedom, diversity, acceptance and a dislike of an overbearing government that forces its own skewed ideas upon a suffering population.
Let’s demand leaders who put politics aside, disassociate themselves from any political party, remember that church has no official role in state and who think of all our people as Americans, not just those of similar color, gender, belief or sexual orientation.
Can we do it? I hope so. If we can’t, this nation will continue its headlong dash to oblivion and it may come in our lifetimes.
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