What to Look For in a 2012 Presidential Candidate
With the GOP field in shambles after several sexual harassment allegations against media-picked front runner, Herman Cain, it would seem that the 2012 race for President of the United States is a wide-open game with no predictable winner in sight.
The smart man’s choice for President would be Ron Paul. Paul’s anti-war, pro-peace, pro-civil liberties positions make him a very popular candidate- especially among youth voters who’ve found themselves totally disenfranchised with the system- so much so that they’re now occupying a city near you.
Ron Paul’s solutions are limited however. Sadly the libertarian hero has failed to awaken to the greater, global reality in which we are now faced. As ‘leader of the free world’, we’re going to need a President who will work hard to avert the forthcoming collapse of human civilization- not just the collapse of a single nation alone.
Despite Paul’s short-comings, I’m still voting for him however.
Nationalism, Old Hat
It is this author’s opinion that nationalism must vanish. We live in a day now where lightning fast communication binds the world and its people. Its rather silly in my opinion to cling to outmoded concepts such as nationalism which ultimately promotes isolationism and war.
A perfect candidate in 2012 would recognize the planet as one, indivisible whole and would believe that people everywhere- by right of birth- are entitled to food, health care, and shelter.
Moreover, the perfect Presidential candidate would establish a federation of nations which would trump the U.N. by a thousand-fold. The federation, or ‘global union’, would ensure that all people everywhere equally share an abundance of goods.
Those who can think only inside of the box will take my prior statement as a declaration of ‘world socialism’. However, what I mean is quite the contrary.
Fix the Economy, Get Rid of Money
It is very possible to live in a world without money where human beings equally share the Earth’s resources in an intelligent manner. The perfect Presidential candidate would work hard to establish such a world by right of virtue. In a world of 7 billion souls- the majority of which (80%) are starving and live on less than ten dollars per day- true justice will only come when human need is placed before monetary gain and thus ultimately money itself.
With economies crashing round about the globe, rising debt that is impossible to ever pay off, and unemployment rates soaring as companies prefer now to automate their labor, the notion that somehow we could live without money becomes all the more preferable to watching the collapse of civilization right before our eyes.
Groups like the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project offer up models of civilization which would function perfectly without money. Many of the common objections raised to such a notion are vanquished in various lectures, videos, and other media found on these two websites.
The perfect Presidential candidate must not be short-sighted and think only in terms of solving the problems of a single nation alone. We as a united people the world over are living in the eleventh hour of civilization. What affects one country will certainly affect another in this our globalized society. In terms of who’s going to grab the proverbial reins of power in 2012, we need forward thinkers- not the likes of nationalists and political dinosaurs who will only deliver ‘more of the same’.
Unfortunately there isn’t yet a candidate in the race for President who shares the alluded to ideals in the article above. But that’s probably because there will never be such a candidate. We the people must take it upon ourselves to collectivize and to work for the common good. The Occupy movement is just the beginning of such action.