In this post here, we said:
- The best President is the one who has a clear, high-level vision, the ability to hire good people to execute the communication of that vision, can work with Congress, can himself communicate that vision effectively, and then gets the heck out of the way.
In retrospect, I’d amend that a bit to say:
- The best President is the one who has a clear, high-level, good vision, the ability to hire good people to execute the communication of that vision, can work with Congress, can himself communicate that vision effectively, and then gets the heck out of the way.
Hitler had a clear, high-level vision for his country, and was a great and effective communicator. That didn’t work out well.
Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, et al … all had clear, high-level visions for their country, and were effective communicators and excellent managers of those helping to implement their visions. None of those worked out well either.
A good President needs to have a clear, high-level, good vision for the country.
It’s a bit like that hollow, empty expression that’s so popular: “Make a difference.”
Anyone can “make a difference.” There, I just wiggled my little finger and made a difference. The only difference that’s worth making is: an improvement. And that’s hard to do.
Anyone can have vision. It needs to be good vision. Otherwise, you’re just another mindless, unthinking, shallow leftist drone, or a member of Hillary’s base.
To have good vision, like to make an improvement, is hard. It takes years, and years of contemplation, research, study, more thinking, more studying, getting it wrong, and testing and testing it, then getting it wrong again, and testing your vision over and over and over and over again, then getting it right, and having the wisdom to know you’ve got it right, and having the tenacity to stand up for your vision.