Next to my year book photo you can find this future plan: be the FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. At the time some laughed. Today, some are trying to collect on bets made (you know who you are). Then there are still others who wonder if it’ll ever happen. I had such conviction. A few short years later I realized I could not be bought. I could not be bribed. And then there was this small matter of not playing politics well. I’m not an ass kisser, period! I stand up for the things I believe in and for others. I say what needs to be said. Although I have grown to be more graceful, tactful, and empathetic so my message is heard the first time…the substance is the same. Truth. Granted, it may be only my truth.
Generally, I suspect some politicians forget what they are elected to do and for whom they work. They work for me; a US Citizen, regardless of whether or not I voted. I believe they lose sight of the significance and critical role they have in preserving our constitution. At my swearing in ceremony for the Peace Corps, I was overcome by the enormity of what I was actually doing for America and this wonderful country of St. Lucia. Listen closely to what is being asked of me and what I’m pledging to do; perhaps then you will understand my tears of joy. In my humble opinion, this is what needs to be in every elected official. Passion. Service. Humility. Pride. Love. Hmmm…perhaps that will be my campaign slogan if I decide to run in the future?!
The most difficult part of presidential races is that no party fulfills my belief system. No one candidate encompasses all that I wish for the country. Do you ever find yourself in the same boat? That is why when I’m asked am I Democrat or Republican I say “I vote for the best candidate no matter their party.” Most often that means independent. People who vote party over principle are part of the problem according to Eric Odom of www.libertynews.com and I agree. At one point, I used to think not voting was the WORST thing someone could do in relation to politics and exercising a fundamental right that not everyone in the world gets. I can appreciate better now why people abstain. They can’t stomach what goes on. The political arena is too complex. The right things don’t get accomplished anyway. The right to not vote is equally important.
If I were running a debate, here are at least eight questions I’d ask each candidate. I’m fairly certain I’d run it like an interview:
- What are you going to do DIFFERENTLY to ensure you are living and executing what the American people want for their country?
- How will you prevent yourself from being “bought” by lobbyists, Super PACS, and other campaign contributors?
- What are the top three areas you want to focus your administration on if elected? Why?
- What are you not proud of in your career thus far? Why?
- How do you plan to walk your talk and not fall into the trap of lip service to the American people?
- Why do you think there is such a disconnect, misalignment between what the people want and what actually happens by our elected officials?
- How do you propose we find balance between taking care of America and our foreign obligations so we can pull out of conflicts/wars?
- It saddens me to see the state of our race relations, in particular between the black and white communities; what do you suggest can be an actionable plan to continue working toward harmony?
Maybe my dream of being president isn’t dead. I thought my window had passed for serving in the Peace Corps yet here I am; therefore, I will keep my heart and mind open in this realm, too. I still have a steadfast belief that one person can make a difference. I hope you will be one of them! Check out http://www.isidewith.com to help you figure out which candidate fits you.
Stay tuned because….I’m not sitting on the sidelines of life.
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~Brie Messier, MBA
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