Thursday, May 04, 2006

Opinion: Who would you like to have as the next president of the U.S.? Give specific reasons.


I would like to see Mario Cuomo run for president and win. He is a great speaker, an intellectual, and an intense advocate for all the people. He would restore confidence in the presidency by explaining what he is doing even when he is making tough decisions. He would make an argument for what he believes in instead of attacking people personally who disagree with him. He's someone I would be proud to follow. Unfortunately, I don't think he'll ever consider running again. Am I stuck in the 80's? If you get a chance, take a look at his speeches at the Democratic Conventions. You can see a picture and listen at: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/cuomo1984dnc.htm

22 comments:

blue dog said...

You are stuck in the 80's. The Democratic Party needs to accept the fact that a Northeastern liberal will not win a general election, no matter how romatic NBC made the idea with "The West Wing". The only hope the party has to restore majorities and take back the White House is to move to a centrist Clinton (Bill) agenda. The only candidate on the horizon is the former CEO of Nextel and previous Governor of Virginia (popular Democratic red state governor?) Mark Warner. Forget about Clinton (Hillary), Kerry and Feingold because they cannot win a general election.

blue dog said...

You are stuck in the 80's. The Democratic Party needs to accept the fact that a Northeastern liberal will not win a general election, no matter how romatic NBC made the idea with "The West Wing". The only hope the party has to restore majorities and take back the White House is to move to a centrist Clinton (Bill) agenda. The only candidate on the horizon is the former CEO of Nextel and previous Governor of Virginia (popular Democratic red state governor?) Mark Warner. Forget about Clinton (Hillary), Kerry and Feingold because they cannot win a general election.

Nancy said...

I like the academic and user friendly nature of your blog. I am sure your students will get a lot out of it. My question is, did you give the kids some choices and backgrouds on them?

Ted Mainella said...

This is a great idea for a blog. I would be interested in how your students respond to the idea. Hope it works out for you!

Ron said...

I enjoyed the site. I like how you wrap current events and political history. I'm sure your students enjoyed it as well

Cathy said...

I'm staying neutral.

Kelly Koeferl said...

I think this is an excellent blog. Your students will enjoy the different perspectives and disagreements from other people around the world-not just in their classroom. Well done Jason!
Kelly Koeferl

Steve Rick said...

I like the questions your blog poses. Your students will probably like responding to it once they find out who is in the running. This will allow them to hammer it out between themselves, and you can track tthe flow of their discussion. Good idea.

Steve

Pam said...

It might be interesting to tell other teachers in the building about your blog and have students responding not only to other students but also other adult's comments. It would also give other teachers ideas about how they could create blogs, especially now that weblogs are no longer being filtered out.It would show the educational purpose of not blocking blogs.

BrandonK said...

In my opinion, Al Gore would make a great president. He is definetely a steward for the environment and has articulated this through conversations of climate change and consequence. Speaking of which, he is a great speaker(although a bit long-winded). With an intellectual like Gore in the office, I believe we'd be able to re-live the times of economic growth and low unemployment we had in the Clinton era.He would be an excellent leader for the U.S.

trevorhguy said...

I, without a doubt in my mind, firmly believe that Russ Feingold would make the best president out of this gaggle of candidates. He has been unwavering in his fight against the growing shadow of corruption amassing in Washington. He is a strong voice of reason amid an increasingly timid senate. He has never once compromised his beliefs of what he thinks is right. Lastly, he is possibly the last person in Washington to possess a conscience.
P.S.
I also enjoy the sight.

Megan B said...

Get rid of your parachute pants and join us in the 2000’s.
Many people seem to be stuck on re-establishing the Clinton (Bill) years; they seem to find this an idealistic era in which nothing bad ever happened. Many find Al Gore, Clinton’s second in command, a good choice, but look what happened the last time he ran. There was debate, disputes, and recounts, we all seemed to become experts on the dimpled chads. I think the country should look forward to a new era and not back, especially not to pre-9-11 standards and ways of thinking.
I think that Condoleezza Rice would be a fantastic candidate. I believe that many people are ready for a woman to become President, not to mention that many others would also love to see an African-American as the President.
Rice has lots of experience in the political world having been assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Secretary of State. She also has significant experience in the academic world as Stanford University's Provost where she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. In addition she is well connected in the corporate world having served on the boards of Chevron Corporation, Charles Schwab Corporation, University of Notre Dame, J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony.
Rice has moderate conservative views which would serve our country well for the next four years. To bad I won’t be 18 until one week after the next election.

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Dain said...

I am split between the idea of
Gore or Feingold. I like Gore because, among other things, he is an enviornmentalist and that is something I definately think we need right now. I like Feingold as well. I have met the guy and he struck me as a very honest person, something that his politics agree with. We could use someone with a concious in the White House in '08.

tonileep said...

I would like to have Rudy Giuliani become the next president of the United States. I believe his effort after the September 11th attacks were outstanding and he was determined and dedicated. His leadership during that difficult time was what made him a perfect candidate. He was able to increase the economy in New York City and decrease the crime, so maybe he can put forth effort to the whole nation in those areas. I think he would make an outstanding president.

katie kso said...

I would like Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States. Even though some people say he doesn't have enough experiece, I feel he does. He is very charismatic and he easily appeals to younger voters. I agree with many of his views and I believe he will make a great president.

CassieH said...

I think it's funny how all possible "good" candidates then are now, or never really were, huge stand outs.

I liked this one :)

Mikef said...

I would like to have Senator Barack Obama the junior senator from Illinois be elected president, because I really agree with his messages about health care and the economy. At this point right now he seems like a long shot, but he has wisdom beyond a man of his years and is more of a real person than a politician. While certainly not the most experienced president he is definitely a better candidate than former President Hillary Rodham Clinton (who will be a close second choice to america even beating out the republican nominee by a fair margin). He really wants to confront the racism and the stereotypes that all African-Americans are uneducated athletes. While an athletic president, he also graduated magnum cum laude from Harvard. He will be the president after the next election.

I'm not just saying this cuz im from the future, it's all just a prediction.

EBilton said...

I agree with Mikef. i think Obama is the best candidate because he does believe in more than a person that a politician, he really cares about the people and not earning a buck. I also like his health care and economy ideals.

Brandon D said...

barack obama...

nspoerk said...

AHA! Finally, Alex can see some proof of the elusive Mr. Bretzmann ideology that he has tried his best to rile out of hiding. As it turns out, Mr. Bretzmann is indeed a supporter of a liberal candidate for president (or at least he would be, hypothetically, if it were still 2006).

I would not have supported a candidate from the Democrat-ick Party (as Mr. Bretzmann said the praty's name must be pronounced). Looking at a list of potential candidates going into 2008, I would have voted for a more fiscally conservative nominee, although I would have also favored a slightly socially liberal one too. On the list, the person who seems to match with my ideals most would have been Rudy Giuliani.

According to some statements he made in 2008, he favored a significant tax cut and improvement of the economy by allowing greater profits for businesses, rather than by wasting another couple of trillions on stimulus packages (which, by the way really put the -ick in Democratick Party). Also, on several large debates in social issues such as abortion and gun control, our beliefs match. He said he personally doesn't agree with abortion but believes women should have a choice- my view exactly. He also agrees with the right to bear arms with some reasonable restrictions (saying we should focus on criminals, not guns). However, he was a little too reserved in his stance for gay rights than I would be.

However, overall I would have to say that I would have supported Giuliani if he would have ran in 2008.