Re: Clinton meets with boy scouts
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Tue, 26 Mar 1996 09:23:46 -0600
Ed Darrell asked a really great question:
>And, just for the sake of discussion, if Boy Scout Khaki were >really an
advantage in an election, why did Eagle Scout >Richard Lugar fare so poorly
this year? Or Eagle Scout John >Glenn earlier? Either one would make a
grand president. >Wonder what gives.
Both men, like Ross Perot, *downplayed* their Scouting
service. It was important to Gerald Ford that people knew him as an Eagle
Scout, but as I posted about a couple of months back, somehow that "S-word"
gets little play nowadays as
opposed to other words. If you're seen with Scouts, it makes you "a part of
middle America". If *you're* a Scout, it makes you vulonable.
Ross Perot, when running for President in the last national election, asked
the media not to "key in" on his Scouting background (but CNN did and others
made a passing comment
that he is an Eagle Scout). He, like a lot of people in the USA,
felt that the mentioning of his Scouting experiences in connection with a
political campaign makes him somewhat "soft" and gives his opponents yet
something else to use against him during the campaign ("How could you say
that about me...and you're supposed to be an Eagle Scout?").
I agree that either man would be an EXCELLENT President, not because of
their political slant, but rather because of their
Scouting upbringing. While some men have been able to
try to remove their Scouting connectivity from their lives, both
of these men have been unable to do so. Personally, I'm glad.
I feel that we need MORE of our politicians to stand as Gerry Ford did and
state "I'm proud to have been a Scout and an Eagle Scout..."
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