While reading the review of Bob Woodward’s fourth volume of the George Bush presidency, I realized exactly what I want in a politician and that is a man who, like Bush, has a strong will, but who also has the desire to understand the nature of any problem he is confronted with. Unfortunately, Bush has used will as a substitute for preparedness and deliberation.
Antique dealers who tout that what they have is the “very best” are often deluding themselves and, as a consequence, deluding their clients. Not every item needs to be the best of the best. That is an impossibility. What is needed is a good understanding of what you are selling. When I buy decorative items, for example, I buy them because they appeal to me, not because they are unique, I wouldn’t know if many of the decorative items I sell are are unique or not.
I think what I am talking about is having enough balance to know what the middle of just about any situation is. If you are talking about an antique, what is it about it that makes enough sense to have the item in your shop? There must be reasons for it being on display. In a politician, I want understanding before I get action. The world is too dangerous a place to be heedless of consequence.