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October 25, 2012

Team Francis! #francisforpresident

You've seen the ads, gone to the rallies, heard the debates. The clock is ticking, all you undeclared and undecided out there: who's going to get your vote?

Let me make a modest suggestion: St. Francis of Assisi for President!

Sure he's long dead, but Francis would have made a great president. He had good credentials:

  • He was born into a wealthy family but he didn't rely on his family's wealth to make his way in the world.
  • He started an organization that recently celebrated its eight hundredth anniversary, so he knows how to build something that lasts.
  • While he didn't exactly end a war in the Middle East, he demonstrated remarkable diplomatic skills in his dealings with a foreign leader of an enemy state--the ultimate reaching across the aisle.
  • He's good on the environment.
  • He doesn't accept money from special interests.
  • And even though the institution he is most closely associated with has undergone a number of public scandals and controversies, he remains one of the world's most celebrated, even revered figures.

That's Francis: the Teflon Kid.

Meanwhile, the time is right for a Franciscan presidency.

  • Post-prosperity seems to be the new normal. Francis knows how to make a community flourish beyond prosperity 
  • Everyone wants peace, but no one seems to know how to achieve it. Francis has a plan to make people channels of peace.
  • Everyone wants civil discourse and irenic debate, but really, is anyone currently on offer better at that than Francis?

Francis's platform is available online, or you can read it in the tell-all book The Cost of Community by Jamie Arpin-Ricci. I hope on November 6 you'll remember Francis as you head to the polls. Between now and then, you can help our campaign by telling your friends and followers about Francis's platform, using the hashtag #francisforpresident. Sure, he's got a weird name and his American citizenship is in dispute, but pesky details like that shouldn't get in the way of a leader whose time has come.

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at October 25, 2012 12:47 PM Bookmark and Share

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