Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Why I like Dick Cheney

Not a lot of people know much about Dick Cheney. The media doesn’t show many pictures of him smiling, but Cheney does smile. He smiles a lot. The media just seems to consistently miss those moments. They must be unlucky, I guess -- cause Cheney has a pretty good smile. If you ask some folks all they know is he worked for Halliburton. They generally don’t know much more than that. A lot of people dislike him just because of that. Can you believe it? Working for a company, especially one that deals with oil, that alone can suddenly make someone dislike or even hate someone else? I don’t get it. I know enough about Dick Cheney to like him. As a matter of fact, I think he is one of the best Vice Presidents our country has had in a long time.

Dick Cheney may be at home in a suit and tie, but to folks who have watched his career know he’s equally at home with a fishing rod and reel. He’s from the other big sky country, Wyoming, and while it’s not as nice of a sky as we have down here in Arizona, it still fosters big perspectives.

But lots of folks fish and that’s not reason enough to like a man. I don’t even know if he’s a good fisher or if he casts like an amateur. I bet he tries hard though. That’s one of the things I like best about him, he’s always trying his best. He’s been around the DC block. He worked as Chief of Staff for President Gerald Ford. He was younger then and had more hair, but he still visits with Ford and talks about the good ol’ days, and I like that.

His experience came in real handy on 9-11. After the President was evacuated to safety Cheney took command of the White House and helped formulate the response on one of America’s darkest days.

Dick Cheney is the sort of person you want as a VP. He doesn’t sit on his hands. He has experience and knows how best to put it to use. Whether he is talking to the President or to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, he is helping manage the country’s business -- and doing so while making it appear effortless. America needs a second in command who is really qualified to be President. America has that in Dick Cheney and I like that.

Dick Cheney has done a lot during our trying times. He has visited Europe, Asia and the Middle East to talk with our allies and keep the lines of communication open with those who are not so allied with us. He’s bended the ear of many for the benefit of the US. He’s even been talking to that man in the Vatican, the Pope.

There is a phrase that goes, “the hardest working man in show business” which is used to describe someone who busts his rear to make things happen. Dick Cheney, like Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell is definitely vying for the title of “the hardest working man in politics.” He’s surely racked up enough miles for America’s security and visiting coalition nations in Air Force Two to have earned himself some bonus points. I appreciate that.

Cheney supports space exploration, cultivating and promoting new sources of energy and is a good friend of the tech sector. That means progress, jobs and keeping America on the technical forefront. I like that. He understands the value of technological development and as a former CEO he understands how important it is that government not unnecessarily hinder corporate research and development. Having a vice-president that has actually run a business is a great asset to American business. Our economic recovery is due in part to the wisdom and input of men like Dick Cheney. When he speaks even Alan Greenspan listens.

That’s pretty cool. When one knows just how much time Cheney, and his wife Lynne, have devoted to the well being of our country it’s pretty hard to watch the man be talked down as if he was some monster. I know the conservative platform is against cloning, but if we ever do start cloning we could use about a hundred Dick Cheneys in DC and the place would run as smooth as the second hand on one of those fancy Swiss watches. Folks paying attention know just how good George Bush’s judgment is -- because he picked Dick Cheney to be his Vice President. He’s not about looks or charisma -- even though his wife Lynne might disagree -- rather he is about competence and ability -- something he has in abundance. I like that about Dick Cheney, and so should the rest of America.