Social and Political Commentary

On scouting out the Presidency

by SilverStringer Don Norris

The author takes a whimsical poke at the President -- and politicians in general

It was the day that God spoke to me, directly and in person.

He said that day, "Donald-san, why do you fret so?"

"Because, Your Majesty," I said, "I have to write a piece on what qualities I believe our President should espouse, and I am bewildered."

"Think, Donald-san," God said, "use the brain that I gave you 73 years ago. Remember that you were a Boy Scout, and that you had a creed ..."

"Yes, God, I remember. I remember the Scout oath. 'On my honor I will do my best ...'"

"That's it, my son. Tell Those-Who-Would-Be-President of your Scout oath, and make them believe, and make them take that oath, the oath that millions of American youth have espoused over the years ....

"... to do my duty to God and my Country, to obey the Scout laws ..." I stammered.

"Yes, yes! Donald-san" God said, "those are the words you must tell your politicians. Shout it from the belfry, in every town in the nation, from the mountains, to the prairie ..."


Hmmm. Not a bad idea. The Scout Oath. Listen to this, Mr. Bush, listen-up, Mr. Kerry. Can you abide by this simple oath that every American Scout has learned by heart? That means no more shenanigans, no more half-truths, no mis-directions and no more deception of the people.

It says (and I paraphrase liberally): "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country, to obey all the laws of the land; to help others at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."

Further, the Scout Law fits the occasion: A President should be:

Trustworthy: He tells the truth and keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code. The people can depend upon him.

Loyal: A President should be true to his people, to the leaders, friends, to schools and the nation.

Helpful: The President must be concerned about the people. He does things willingly for the people, without pay or unjust reward.

Courteous: The President is polite to everyone regardless of age, position or party affiliation. He knows good manners make it easier for the people to get along together.

Kind: The President understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats other nations as he wants us to be treated. He does not hurt or kill the harmless, innocent peoples of the world.

Obedient: A good President follows the rules of his people. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey or disregard them.

Cheerful. A President looks to the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way, and tries to make the people well and happy and productive.

Thrifty: A President works to pay his way and to help the people. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and the people's property. He is revolted by pork-barreling, shady deals, behind the back operations, and squandering the peoples' money.

Brave: A President must face danger even if he is afraid. He must have the courage to stand for what he thinks is right, even when others threaten him or the people.

Clean: A President keeps his mind and body fit and clean. He associates with those peoples who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep our country clean.

Reverent: A President is reverent. He is faithful and respects the beliefs of all peoples.

Be Prepared: A President must plan far ahead, seek advice from all quarters, and be flexible to adjust for the welfare and protection of the people.

And The President must do a good turn daily.

The Author.

June 4, 2004

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