Personal Success May Discover the Best Presidential Candidate

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Most people have heard countless paid advertising of what feels like yellow journalism, and Americans have been inundated with the media. When looking for an article for this essay, I found it surprising that Psychology Today would have an article on this topic. LaBier (2012) has as his premise, that there are two different views of success that are being suggested by each candidate. LaBier (2012) suggests that President Obama’s view of success is a more progressive view than Romney’s. President Obama has the view of whole life success (LaBier, 2012, 0. 1). President Obama sees success as something that is ongoing, to include an aspect of personal achievement, and it includes helping other improve their lives. In contrast, Romney supports an older, more conservative and narrowly focused idea of success. Romney sees success as having money, achieving power and prestige, and achieving this for an individual purpose (LaBier, 2012). LaBier (2012) makes an intersitng point and one that I think is a part of a central debate. Do Americans want a president who wants to help everyone, or do they want someone who only wants the wealthy to succeed? This seems like one question that Americans are being asked to answer. LaBier’ article also makes the reader think. … Romney suggests a very idealistic way of looking at the world and seems to speak from his perspective of an American, who has always had money. Romney also suggests that if people do not have the money for a business, they should borrow from their parents ( LaBier, 2012). Many people who are poor or middle class, do not have parents who have money to lend or give to them, in order to start a business. In this article, LaBier (2012) points out that Romney speaks from a position of wealth and has no understanding of others who are not wealthy. Another interesting point that LaBier (2012) makes is that Romney may be seeking the Presidency as the pinnacle of his career: He [Romney] appears to view it [The Presidency] as the capstone of his career, the final step: (LaBier, 2012, p. 1). To me, this is the height of arrogance. This reminded me of some of the media coverage that says that Republicans are upset with Romney for many reasons, but one reason is because he is not saying what he will do if elected President. Perhaps he feels he does not have to explain what he will do, because he is who he is, and all people need to know is that he will make changes. In contrast, LaBier (2012) quoted Michell Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention: Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives (LaBier, 2012, p. 2). I agree. I think that today, success is about helping others achieve success, more than it is about singularly making your own success. In looking at these two philosophies, I am struck by how differently the two candidates see the world. Romney states many times htat he wants changes to be made, and he only seems to believe that wealthy people should