Making a list, but not the kind for Santa

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

So far, with all the candidates running for the presidency, there are none that are impressing me, and I am feeling worried.

In years past, choosing a candidate was never an issue, but for now, I am just not feeling the love for any candidate in the pack.

All seem to have flaws that irritate me, and I have yet to hear any of them profess strongly what I really need to hear, which is to bring cohesiveness to Congress.

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I do not know how many of you out there feel like me, but I am so fed up with the bickering and blame shaming our leaders in Washington have been doing, I just want to see the slate wiped clean.

Well, we all know that is not going to happen, so in my opinion the only thing left to do is elect someone who will dedicate his or her efforts in working with all of the elected officials and try to enforce playground rules so they will all learn how to play well together.

I think in grown-up terms that may include actions like negotiating, selflessness and humility.

Needless to say, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton calls the Republicans her enemy, so she does not sound like the woman for the job.  Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, does not get it either. I do not think his narcissism would allow another to have a good idea or plan. “Just saying.”

So for me, neither of these two candidates at the moment seem to possess what I think needs to happen in our country, getting those we have elected back on tract and working together for the good of all of us, not just their wealthiest constituents.

Those in congress, our leaders, have got to learn to respect all views and ideas so that we can follow their lead. I suspect that their self-absorbed and egocentric actions are the reason it feels like our country is coming apart at the seams.

We have all forgotten how to respect one another, and like the child-like actions of our national leaders, we too are mimicking their divisiveness.

I am certain this is not what our fore-fathers ever had in mind, a country divided and polarized at least in part by the lack of leadership we are witnessing.

Therefore, what is a girl to do when she has no idea who to choose for president?

Start making a list.

I say this because of advice I received years ago from my Uncle Jim who I have always considered a wise man.

After my divorce, I was having a conversation with my uncle, and I was expressing to him my skepticism of ever wanting to venture into another relationship for fear of being hurt again.

He told me to make a list of characteristics that would be essential for a new love to possess.

I think his advice could also ring true in choosing the next president.

I need to start making a list of the most important characteristics I want in the next U.S. President (Uncle Jim said to put them in order of importance).  I have already started with my first item, the ability to bring cohesiveness to Congress.  While I wait for one of the candidates to claim that one, I will keep working on my list.  I just hope I do not have to go too far down my list before I find a characteristic one of the candidates possesses!

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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