Why read it? Bradley, a Democrat, made a run at the 2000 presidential election. Of course, he never made it into the final two. George W. Bush and Al Gore did. But Bradley’s comments on the state of
“Though there are still extraordinary individuals in communities across
“For over seventeen years, my most memorable moments have come from the people I have met.” p. 37. ………. “It’s through the stories of people’s lives that I am moved and that I gain a hesitancy about universal solutions.” p. 37. ………. “Above all, Democrats must give a ringing endorsement to the conviction that
“When I hear from individual Americans, I ask myself what is the big-picture issue behind their stories.” p. 100. ………. “A key to our world leadership as a pluralistic democracy with a growing economy is our knowledge of other cultures.” p. 144. ………. “Different languages challenge; different customs enrich; different political ideas broaden; different attitudes about the world surprise; different perceptions of American reality enlighten.” p. 144. ………. “If we can absorb these new influences that make us a world society, even as we take note of the perspectives they offer about who we are as Americans, we can truly show the world the future.” p. 144.
“To make an enemy of the media is fatal for a public figure. Not because the press will print lies, but because so much depends on where reporters want to put the emphasis, or on how they want to see events that are often subject to several interpretations.” p. 153. ………. “Write a thoughtful analysis of the American predicament and it will be reduced to thirty seconds, if it makes the TV news at all. p. 159. ………. “…television’s attitude toward violence yields panel discussions and public-service ads decryig it followed by programs full of violent acts.” p. 160. ………. “
“Unlike senators or Supreme Court Justices, presidents rarely change while they are in office. A president doesn’t have the time.” p. 204. ……….. On being a president: “No more smells and sights and sounds that come from being physically in a new place, with time to absorb it…almost no opportunity for relaxed reflection.” p. 204. ……… “Though political defeat can be overcome by another victory or by developing a new perspective or by going on to another profession, the character assaults and personal injuries of politics too often leave permanent scars.” p. 207.
I’ll conclude with Bradley’s comment on the effects of a failed presidential bid before he knew that he would fail: “Those who have failed in their presidential runs may have lost a chance to lead their country, but what they have retained is the possibility to define themselves apart from others, to continue to grow intellectually and spiritually and to have time for their families. What they have gained is a chance for a normal life.” p. 204.
Comment: Someone should write a book about the ideas of failed presidential candidates. RayS.