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I was praying Bloomberg might run last time. The article provided some reasons why he didn’t. The clear choice then (for me) was not the person who now sits in the White House
America needs a leader who has seen the world, several times, is meticulously informed, and witnessed in first person how the world has changed since 1918.
Regardless how smart, how rich, how ideologically "PC" by the measure of the his or her supporter base, America’s leader cannot afford to have the the world view of a Civil War General (whichever half, north or south) , or a microwave reheat of its self-perception of 1945.
The changes that have happened in all those years in and around the world, latitude- and longitude-wise, are staying. A bomb may retard their development, but will not exterminate it. In any case, no right-thinking person in this day and age will agree bomb is a solution to anything, even though in cyberspace some folks loudly and proudly advocate it. Such folks even desire the specific revival of the Final Solution as a solution to all human civilization’s problems. Very strange folks by my way of thinking.
America’s leader cannot afford not to be informed, in tune and in touch. To be informed, in tune and in touch are the ultimate prerequisites.
Bloomberg, by virtue of his brain power and sophistication (intellect and culture both) afforded by his money (real money, not numbers that appear on a financial statement arrived at by manipulating bankruptcies), meet the basic requirements. A flaming liberal he is not; a modern man he is. A fossilized conservative he is not; a man with the time he is.
Being proud of one’s country does not mean looking down on others. Being great does not require the smallness, presumed and fantasized, of everyone else. Bloomberg understand this.
What used to work a couple of centuries ago when indoor plumbing was a novelty and life expectancy was 30% to 40% shorter than now does not belong to the baggage America can afford to carry as a nation.
Bloomberg would be an excellent choice for the presidency (he reflects my personal view 100%).
And as a Democratic candidate would rein in the crazy crap that earned the Democrats their 2016 defeat.
So you know who controls America.
It's multinational individuals who work for foreign country!
I think that Bloomberg has waited too long.
Good article......and I personally agree with Michael Bloomberg's common sense approach to modern democracy. Aside from that, I'm also continuing to be grateful to the founding fathers for putting such a system in place to allow this debate (for all warts) to take place.
With Democrats controlling the vast majority of the billions of dollars of entertainment media, the billions in most news media outlets, and the school systems, $80 million is a drop in the bucket.
As for running for President- I think Democrats themselves would say putting forward yet another boring old white guy as a nominee isn’t going to cut it.
Good point. But I am not sure that Mr Bloomberg really shows a common sense here. There are many reasons why Mr Trump has succeeded and money will not change this substantially.