I have long thought that the most important attribute of an antique dealer is to be able to impart knowledge to a client. It isn’t all that simple as it requires an attentive buyer and the dealer must pace their words and speak as a teacher, not as parent.
A good leader often gets you to understand what he wants through the release of information. It is a form of teaching that virtually none of the presidents in my life time have practiced. Instead, they lead as a parent admonishing us about the dangers of taking the wrong path, usually the path leading against their wishes. Hillary Clinton’s health care initiative died because of its secrecy. Dick Cheney’s obsession for secrecy belies the role of a public servant.
I would like to see a leader that tries to let the country know just how much power lobbyists have over the Congress. I would like to see the role of lobbyists vastly diminished. I would like to see the people responding to their politicians in a working fashion, both at the polls, which is a reactive proposition and with their elected officials, an interactive proposition.
Obama seems to understand the interactive concept well. Neither Hillary or McCain seem to. Huckabee is open because he is a long shot. Would he be nearly so open if he were the Republican candidate?
I do have a preference this fall. I would like to see America as the victor in the polls, not one party. The potential with the three major candidates is better than it has been for awhile, but no one can possibly know what is going to happen until the new president starts to govern. Frankly, I would suggest to anyone in the process of thinking about who to vote for to spend a little time learning about antiques. It is more relaxing and if they get interested, they can always buy one and take it home.