- - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am bothered by all the commentary at this early stage about the 2016 presidential election. The focus and volume of dialogue is somewhat disturbing, given all the near-term problems the nation has to face. Having said this, I would contend our No. 1 political problem is a lack of leadership.

In the military, there has been an ongoing debate for decades about whether leaders are born or made. My life experience of 66 years tells me it is some combination of the two. Our two branches of government established by the Founding Fathers to make decisions — the executive and legislative branches — are currently manned by personnel who lack the diversity of life experience to be truly representative of the body politic. The quintessential American is a composite of the very best of America’s “melting pot” as exemplified in Tom Brokaw’s book, “The Greatest Generation.”

If we are serious as a nation about electing the best possible new president in 2016, we must identify candidates who are representative of the United States, possess honed leadership skills and have the same commitment to selfless service as the heroes Mr. Brokaw described.

LAWRENCE E. WOOD
Manassas

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