Families are “OFF-LIMITS”

September 3, 2008

Since Gov.  Sarah Palin was introduced, the media hype caused by her nomination will not stop until all these events have concluded after the November 4th election.

It is amazing how a young woman and a mother of five could really agree to be put on such an unrelentless spotlight.  Her whole world has now been opened for the whole curious and biting world to see.

I would like to note here that while the Republicans would ferociously defend Sarah Palin’s executive experience, no one from the Republican party could state what the OBAMA campaign issued about what is going on with the media circus on Palin’s life.

“Families are OFF-LIMITS.”  The tone from the Obama campaign when this was issued sounded noble, compassionate – and yes, let me add… very PRESIDENTIABLE.  I was hoping the Republican Party would powerfully issue a statement like this.  But they lost the chance.

Sarah Palin while a governor and a well-liked political figure in Alaska, is still a wife and a mother of a 17-year old pregnant daughter.

Families are off-limits.  How I wished this came from John McCain.

And like millions of americans, I am looking forward to hearing her speech tomorrow, or tonight (wherever you may be in the planet)…. we need to hear from this woman whose meteoric rise to the VP pick seemed almost like a fairy tale, a HEROES-like episode of an active woman who suddenly discovered her powers to make it to the White House….

Gov. Sarah Palin looks like a good and credible leader for Alaska. But she still needs to the general voting population that she can actually do the VP job.

A lot of things have been said about EXECUTIVE experiences regarding these candidates, and that Sarah Palin has more executive experiences than Obama and Biden combined.

Well the Republicans could argue all of these things until the cows come home – but they really delivered a brilliant stroke when Senator Fred Thompson got up and gave the convention the RED MEAT they have been waiting to hear.

He said something about experiences – but he highlighted the great idea that what the US needs is a PRESIDENT with a character stemming from a good heart.

I could not agree more.

In leadership circles today, a lot of things have been said about experiences, training, personalities, networking, cross-cultural or foreign policy experiences.  But what needs to be addressed as well is the fact that no country, no organization, no entity could go any significant distance without the bedrock foundation of the person’s character.

Who the person is and what is inside his /her heart seem to be a critically ignored question as we focus on the Presidential elections.

Leadership is crucial.  Executive experience is crucial.  Knowledge on Foreign policy is important and a clear grasp of what the people need and how to sustain the economic growth will really matter.

But in the end, what is in the heart will still determine the small and almost invisible steps that these leaders would make as they dispense their executive powers.

We serve, we minister out of our BEING.  Focus on the BEING part first.  Focus on the nature of one’s personhood first.  Without that, the DOING part could become hollow, superficial and worse, dangerous to oneself, family, community and yes, to the whole nation.