(Drum roll)...I've finally decided on my 2008 candidate. It's Socrates for President for me. Well, maybe not, because there IS the issue of his being dead to consider. But I want the candidate closest to Socrates in his world view. I want someone who asks questions, listens to the answers, asks about the answers and their origins, asks about the questioners and the answerers and probes their respective motives and agendas. I'm not saying I want a confirmed cynic--I'm not into "they're all crooks and liars" at all. I want a skeptic, a cynic with a smile, who repeats over and over: "SHOW me."
I want a Socratic candidate. I also want someone with Robert Frost credentials. I want the candidate who can say, in so many words,
"I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain --and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.
I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,
But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height
One luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night."
The auditions are continuing. Who can ask the best questions, and who is "acquainted with night?" Who has traveled extensively in the realm of doubt? I'm listening and watching...