FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Judgment matters more than experience when it comes to picking a president… so says Republican Senator Chuck Hagel.
The Nebraska senator traveled with Barack Obama into the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan last week. Hagel, a Vietnam vet who earned 2 purple hearts, says experience does matter, but that character and judgment matter more. That includes: who the candidate listens to and if he can make the right decisions on behalf of his country and the world.
Hagel has been a sharp critic of the war in Iraq and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Barack Obama. He hasn't endorsed either Obama or John McCain, but says Americans are lucky to have a choice between these two "smart, capable and decent men."
Also traveling with Obama was another military man, Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island. Reed, a retired Army captain, talked about what it was like visiting military posts with Obama. He described it as "dynamic", saying they couldn't get to their car because soldiers were flocking to Obama to get autographs, take a picture, say hello. Reed says Obama received genuine and enthusiastic responses from the troops.
McCain has used the same line Hillary Clinton used against Barack Obama during the primaries, saying he doesn't have enough experience to be commander-in-chiefHere's my question to you: Is judgment more important for a president than experience?
Well my SWYM NATION friends, here's my take on this:
George Bush- He was governor of Texas for two terms! 8 years! Texas is the second largest state in the country in both area and in population! His daddy was the 41st President of the United States. His brother Jeb, served as governor of Florida for two full terms!Seems like ol' Cowboy George there would have a leg up when it comes to "EXPERIENCE" in government matters and all! Seems like experience....runs in the family! YET STILL:
THIS GUY IS A MORON AND WILL PROBABLY GO DOWN...
NO...SCRATCH THAT....HE'LL MOST CERTAINLY GO DOWN AS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. IN EVERY CATEGORY!How's that for EXPERIENCE!
NOW...Let's look at BARACK:
Barack Obama-Elected to the Illinois Senate and served as State Legislator for 7 years! U.S. Senator for past 3 1/2 years.As you can see, Barack doesn't necessarily have a ton of experience behind him.Oh, and he of course doesn't have an entire family in politics! Well, now...where does that leave him?
A HELL OF A LOT BETTER OFF THAN GUN-SLINGIN' G.W.!
Experience is not always the pre-requisite guarantee to doing something well...like say..."RUNNING THE COUNTRY!" While we're here examining qualifications, let me get into this whole MILITARY experience thing now as well. According to the Republicans and a whole lot of those...simple minded, ultra-patriotic, bible totting, red-necks and low level educated, NRA card carrying morons..... "Military" Experience is the be all to end all when it comes to being qualified to run the so called "most powerful nation in the world!" Well first allow me to point out that the current president....a REPUBLICAN'T........has ZERO real military experience! Funny how they didn't apply that standard to him now isn't it!? So by that logic, Barack's lack of military experience should have little to do with his ability to govern our country. Bush on the other hand has demonstrated though that with zero military experience you can still wage war and kill people! The current shit talkin', self proclaimed bad ass is JOHN "Insane" McCAIN!
I won't even bother getting into his military record or bother trying to belittle his service to the country. He comes from a military family and they're certainly patriotic. No doubt about that. But let me point out as Gen Wesley Clark has pointed out as well: Getting shot down and captured...becoming a P.O.W doesn't actually qualify one to run a country! I have been saying this for some time now myself and just dying for someone in the public spotlight to say it themselves.
Having the intelligence, foresight and excellent JUDGMENT on the other hand does somewhat put you in a better position to call the shots so to speak! Like say when it comes to Voting AGAINST the invasion of IRAQ long before it was fashionable to do so! Having the ability to think things through and exercise some real...judgment before invading a country and sending our men and women to die! Now that trumps military experience any day! Intelligence and Judgment allow for a less experienced person to humble themselves and faithfully seek the guidance of those around them to help in situations where experience may be lacking. We can't all be experts in everything now can we!??? An idiot on the other hand thinks he knows EVERYTHING and regardless of what he's told, acts on pure ignorance with a "YAHOO" gun slangin' mentality and a tough guy attitude which amounts to nothing more really than a childish, immature inability to simply back down! I don't know about you...but I say experience of course is a good thing, but only when it's coupled with good, solid judgment and the ability to think through difficult decisions.