Have you ever noticed that there's a certain "sameness" to the folks we elect — even appoint — to office?
Presidents are almost always former governors, or senators, or congressmen. They, in turn, appoint career diplomats to diplomatic positions — those trusted by institutions to represent us at those institutions.
It gets boring.
Then lo and behold, lightning strikes and we put a man or woman into a job that doesn't fit this cookie cutter mold. In the case of John Bolton, a long-time critic of the United Nations, to be our guy at the United Nations.
Bolton's critics say that makes him a poor fit.
Because he dares to criticize the institution of which he'll become a part?
Because he has the nerve to call the U.N. for what it is: An enormously disingenuous, phony institution more inclined to look after its own interests than the world's interests?
Bolton had the nerve to call the U.N. on the carpet for double standards and clubby deals. He wants them held accountable.
And for that, he's a poor fit?
I'd say he'd be a poor fit if he didn't challenge the hypocrisy there, the anti-Americanism there, the arrogance there.
I'd say he'd be a poor fit if he didn't question scandals that have tainted this organization's name and standing.
He should be commended for calling a spade a spade, not replaced by some mindless bureaucrat who wouldn't know his you-know-what from his you-know-what.
All I know is it took Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" talk to bring down an evil empire, John Kennedy's thoroughly liberal credentials to see the wisdom of cutting taxes and Richard Nixon's stern anti-communism to opening the doors to China.
None were cutting cookies. They were cutting to the chase — making history and making a difference.
We'd be wise to consider the wisdom of an outside guy looking in, rather than looking out for a more inside guy afraid to look at all.
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