This week’s “Choose and Defend” takes place during an imaginary presidential election year.
The race for the presidency is crowded with executive-looking candidates who speak in platitudes that have been honed to a sheen over years of practice. They don’t offer any actual solutions, mind you, just platitudes and guarantees that poverty, homelessness, famine, and death will all miraculously vanish once elected, but man do they look presidential while they’re standing at the podium.
Except for one candidate. This guy is earnest, honest, sincere, and has a track record of getting things done. He has actual, feasible plans for every crisis that matters to you and many that don’t. He possesses the genius of Stephen Hawking, the compassion of the Dalai Lama, the financial savvy of Warren Buffett, and the military brilliance of Eisenhower. In your estimation, no better presidential candidate has ever presented him or herself.
The only problem? The candidate suffers from Proteus syndrome, or Elephant Man’s Disease. This last candidate is truly difficult to look at, his disfigurement so great that he drools when he speaks — which, by the way, is difficult to understand through the gurgling.
So, do you vote for the empty suit who talks a good game, or do you vote for the horribly disfigured candidate with substance? Be honest, and defend your answer in the comments section below. And come one, people: Let’s make Laura B. proud.
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