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The America I Miss: Seeking Intelligent, respectful leaders

I am in agreement with the Tea Party participants who want their America back, but don’t know if it’s the same America I want back.

I want inspirational leaders like conservative Bill Buckley and liberal John Galbraith, who were able to sit down and express their diverse views in an intellectual manner in contrast to the two Side Show Barkers; Limbaugh and Beck or Blue Dog Democrats owned by special interests.

I’ve had enough college experience to realize there is a vast difference in the cognitive skills of college graduates. The cognitive elite are those who consider college as a learning experience rather than an opportunity to party.

Many college students rank in the intellectual mediocre half of the population, according to the Bell Curve, but all receive the same degree.

My observations of Congress in the past 10 years has been a display of many mediocre students or those receiving their law degrees at some rinky dink college in the South; issuing degrees to anyone able to pay tuition. I miss some of the cognitive elite with the ability to discuss policies with some intellect instead of calling each other names.

This is the America I miss.

Don Cooks

Nevada City


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