Friday, May 2, 2008

If I Were President

In a few months, it will be time for us to elect a new U.S. president. But many people are less than thrilled at the choices being presented for that office. So, political activist that I am, I decided to take a poll. I decided to ask everyone I could find what they would do, if they were president of the United States.

Unfortunately, the only people I could find, at the time of this official poll, were both under the age of twelve.

And they both live in my house.

Here is what Foster (age 6) and Charis (age 10) had to say, when asked what they would do if they were president:

F: I would make all cars against the law, so I could ride my bike and my scooter anywhere I want.

C: I would make a law that says all ice cream has to be sold for a penny.

F: Free ice cream.

C: More chocolate.

F: We can eat whatever we want, whenever we want.

(I must interrupt this article to assure you that yes, I feed my children. Regularly.)

C: More shopping malls.

F: Sisters have to share their scooters.

C: Boys have to leave girls alone.

F: The flowers wouldn’t die when you pick them.

C: World peace.

F: Everyone would take care of everyone else.

Well, there you have it. My two little politicians. I’m so proud.

Wait, what’s that? You want to know what I would do, if I were president?

Well, (blush,) since you asked, I suppose I’ll tell you.

If I were president of the United States, I would . . . (drum roll please) . . . resign immediately! I wouldn’t want the job, and I personally can’t figure out why anyone would want it!

Think about it. Long hours. High stress. And no matter how hard you work to try to please everyone, and keep everyone safe, and take care of everyone, you are always going to be criticized, and slandered, and even hated by about half the people in the world.

I am so glad we live in a country where we get to choose our leaders. And even when I don’t get my way, even when my candidate doesn’t win, I hold great respect for the office of president. Like I said, it’s a hard job, and I wouldn’t want it. But somebody has to do it.

So, this November, when all the votes are counted, I will take a few moments to either cry or celebrate. Then, I will accept the decision of my fellow voters. I will do my best to support, and not criticize. I may discuss issues, but I will not slander a person. I will treat the office of president, and the person who holds that office, with honor and respect. I will pray for God’s wisdom to be given to that person. I will pray for wise, experienced counselors to surround that person.

And I will thank the Lord for allowing me to live in such a great country.

Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except which God has established. The authorities which exist have been established by God.”


Felisol said...

Dear Renae,
wisely spoken - again.
Democracy is, I guess, the best of all possible political systems.
A shame there is so much money involved though...
From Felisol

Renae said...

Felisol, I think that, no matter what our political system, we should give our leaders the respect that is worthy of their office. And we should pray, pray, pray for our leaders.

Blessings, dear sister!


Britta Coleman said...

I agree--I wouldn't want that job, either! It's always interesting to see before and after photos of a presidency and how all that pressure literally changes a countenance.

Great reminder to pray for our leaders...and a sweet insight to the innocence of children.

Renae said...

Great to see you, Britta! Yes, you're right about the before and after photos. Sad, isn't it?