I read something recently that dovetailed so closely with my own thinking, my inner dog sat up and perked its ears.
What I read was someone paraphrasing Alice Walker, who said about the 2008 election:
My inner dog sat up and perked its ears because I had just been thinking, the day before, that if I were in charge of questions for the candidates, I would ask them something surprising.
I would ask them, if you fail and someone else gets elected, what is the first thing you will do towards making your vision, your dream, happen.
Because I want to know that the people who have offered to age themselves beyond recognition to lead us are doing so our of love. Because they have something they think they can give. Because I, too, want a leader who loves us.
I’ll let Walker see us out:
This is not what we usually say, or think of, when we are trying to choose a leader. People like to talk about "experience" and war and the economy, and making Americans look good again. I care about all these things. But when the lights are out and I'm left with just the stars in a super-dark sky, and I feel the new intense chill that seems to be the underbreath of even the hottest day, when I know that global warming may send our planet into a deep freeze even before my remaining years run out, then I think about what it is that truly matters to me. Not just as a human, but as an American.
I want a leader who can love us. 1
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