Monday, May 28, 2007

IF (Leader Sucks), THEN Reject() ELSE Consider() END;

After reading the transcripts of the first two Republican debates, I have to conclude that the Republicans are their own worst enemy. The debates inspired me to build a decision tree for identifying potential candidates. While the Republicans inspired this decision tree, feel free to apply it to any Presidential hopeful.

IF Candidate “Advocates Torture” THEN
    Reject()
ELSE
    IF Candidate “Acts like a Clown” THEN
        Reject()
    ELSE
        IF Candidate “Advocates Intellectually Lazy Economics” THEN
            Reject()
        ELSE
            Consider()
        END
    END
END

While I think these decision points are clear, I would like to offer just a bit on why I chose them.

First, if a candidate advocates torture, or its euphemism “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” they do not possesses the moral character required to fill the most powerful position in the world. Any Presidential candidate who does not adamantly oppose these behaviors must be eliminated from consideration. Civilized countries to not use or advocate torture, period, end of discussion.

Second, any candidate who acts like a clown by ignoring science, not planning ahead, overreacting to good/bad news and not being very nice does not have the intellectual wherewithal to make good decisions regarding the commitment of national treasure and the risks of placing our Armed Forces in harms way. Any potential Presidential candidate who does not adamantly support clear-headed rational thinking that can be explained to the average American citizen must be eliminated from consideration.

Third, if a candidate advocates intellectually lazy economics that plays on irrational fear mongering they do not possess the requisite understanding to develop, support and execute diplomacy an economic policy that supports the continued growth and success of a tier-one player in world economy. Any potential Presidential candidate who advocates a policy that moves the economy away from a ruthlessly-efficient, market-driven machine toward a planned economy must be eliminated from consideration.

The common thread of “Unintended Consequences” runs through each of these decision points. Any potential Presidential candidate who advocates a position, based on party dogma, that increase the likelihood of unintentional consequences, when a more thoughtful position with less potential down side is available must be eliminated from consideration.

As far as I can tell, these three conditions eliminate all of the candidates pursuing either a Republican or Democratic ticket.  However, as the political season progresses, I will update the decision tree to reflect the latest decision points that come to mind.  To ensure completeness, if you have any suggestions for additional decision points, send them my way and I will incorporate them into the next version.

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John

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