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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?
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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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