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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-05 10:49 AM
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52. Well, as I said in Quixote's thread
Edited on Sat Jan-22-05 10:51 AM by Sparkly
I am always fascinated at the core of people that reveals themselves early in their lives and keeps on revealing them as they make choices throughout their lives -- especially the ones they don't have to make, the ones they make when they have so many other, easier, more selfish options available to them.

I marvel at whatever it is that made this brilliant high school student decide to go to West Point, because he considered serving his country more important than going to a regular college and becoming a professional in another career. I admire whatever it is that made him, after being first in his class, go on to Oxford and then stick it out in the army when so many other choices were available to him. And I admire that he stayed in despite the continual lure of the private sector where he could have made much more money and lived far more comfortably.

Finally, I admire the simple "When you can do good, you should" and his courage and integrity in standing up to the Pentagon and the White House when he believed it was right. I admire his decision to run as a Democrat, and to campaign tirelessly for John Kerry. And I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with WesPAC!

In short, he's got an extraordinary mind, the strong courage of his convictions, and the heart to ask himself the right questions. He's a born leader, as well, and knows the importance of reaching out and working with other people, inspiring the best in others, and forming working relationships. His degrees in economics and politics, his knowledge of history and philosophy, his journey among religions, his actions on behalf of affirmative action and equal opportunity, his experience as a teacher and leader, his skills in the halls of diplomacy and the strategies of battle, his courage in the face of both dictators and DC neo-cons, his ability to form alliances among disparate people, his striking honesty about himself and others -- these aren't things we find among average politicans or people of any sort, anywhere. This is one extraordinary man who'd make a truly extraordinary president for our time.
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