The pastor of a popular Christian church wrote a best selling book entitled "A Purpose Driven Life." Whether a person totally agrees with Pastor Rick Warren or not, is strictly up to the reader, but what is indisputable about his message is that in order to achieve fulfillment in life, people have to have a purpose or reason for living, for something even greater than themselves. Unfortunately, in my option, both John McCain and Barack Obama's dismal failures at convincing voters to the authenticity of their leadership prowess, makes people wonder, "Do either one of these people, represent the best forms of leadership that can be found in America, especially for the position of President of the United States?" They both appear to "walk the walk" and "talk the talk," but there's still something missing in both of them that troubles many Americans.


As I observe the two candidates running for president, neither one reveals the type of substantive character that I think most American would like to see in a President. Like many young men living during the 60s, I can remember how excited and eager I was to cast my vote for presidential hopeful John Kennedy. Those were the days when Democrats sounded more like conservatives and so it wasn't any surprise that during Kennedy's inaugural speech, he famously quoted "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." But it wasn't just the words that J.F.K. spoke that made him a great leader, nor his ardent stand against threat of communism, that made you want to follow him. Like many great men, President Kennedy was not a man without fault, but he was a man that created and energized a movement within the country, that led ordinary citizens to anxiously want to take part in something greater than themselves. No one will ever know for certainty, just what molded J.F.K. into the leader that he was, but it may have been his heroic service to his country, during the Second World War, that helped to develop his distinctive character that produced a quality of leadership that demanded respect.


President Reagan was another great American president. Reagan obviously hadn't endured the same ordeals in life that Kennedy had earlier on in life, but what made this president so overwhelmingly popular, was his ability to successfully relate a heartfelt message of love and commitment for this country to almost all Americans. Reagan, known as the "great communicator," was always inspirational and patriotic in all of his speeches. President Reagan had a strong belief in God and a fervent belief that the empowerment of freedom to the individual was essential for America to remain strong and free and that those things were not to be infringed upon by "big government." But, here again, it wasn't just the words that President Reagan spoke or how he said them. For like President Kennedy, Reagan demonstrated character traits and principles that revealed to us, both who he was and what he believed in. Traits that were respected by almost all Americans, no matter what their status or political leanings. The type of character and leadership that eventually led to the dismantling of the Soviet empire, the Berlin wall and the end of the cold war.


Today, running for president, we have two candidates who for the most part, seem reluctant to climb out from under their shells to clearly articulate just who they really are, what they ultimately stand for and what they really represent. While neither one of them seldom imparts upon us a feeling of love of country or patriotic fervor, they do commonly agree on such questionable and even unpopular issues, such as spending trillions of taxpayers dollars on "global warming" and opening up our borders to even further broaden the flood gate of illegal aliens into our country. Also disturbing, is the fact that both candidates seldom encourage Americans to take pride in their country, through the expression of their individual rights and to become the best that they can be. Instead, all we hear from both of them, is a resounding message of "doom and gloom," and that more intrusions by bigger government, is the only answer to all of our nations ills.


For the most part, McCain and Obama both seem to lack substance, due to their misguided attempts to please everyone all of the time and because of their cautiously timid refusal to legitimately share with us, their real core beliefs. While on the other hand, what an anxious and curious chorus of voters is looking for from either man is a belief in a leadership that's strong enough to permanently "hitch their wagons to." No one can still dispute the fact that they both possess qualities of leadership, but the question that still remains for many, is when both men continue to project such a vague and distant relationship between themselves and their supporters. It's sad to realize that both candidates, who are running for the office of President of the United States, appear to lack the necessary amount of faith in themselves, that would lend itself to a type of leadership that is honest, open and trustworthy. Sadly, if things remain as they are until November, we the voters will be asked to grasp at the wind to choose a president, who will represent what America stands for, the most powerful nation on earth.