I respect people who do what they think is right, even if it's not popular - and even if I don't agree with them. One example is Ralph Nader.
People can fault George W. Bush for what he does, but they can not fault him for doing - and saying what he thinks is right. In my case, I respect him both for doing what he believes is right and for doing what I believe is right.
That said, many believe that the President's stand on Iraq is the main reason he is so unpopular. He ranks right up - I mean right down there with past unpopular presidents Richard Nixon and Harry Truman. Read about it here.
Harry Truman's favorite saying was "the buck stops here". He ordered dropping the "A" bombs and thousands died - but World War Two ended quickly without a USA invasion of Japan which most probably would have cost even more lives and damage than the bombs. That was a hard decision. I doubt that few in history could have made that decision.
But Harry Truman was a leader. That's what countries need - those men or women who will do what is right regardless of popular opinion at the time. The voters recognized this and Truman was elected to a full second term to the shock of the press.
George Bush is a leader too. In spite of the polls and the MSM and his unpopular stand on Iraq, the voters gave him another term also.
I trust the voters. They seek and are drawn to leaders that are best for the country in the long term. The man or women who gains the voter's trust will be elected the next president. Look for the one who does and says what he or she thinks is right regardless of whether it is popular.
Dan England’s posts also can be found at Blogger News Network and Townhall. Dan’s website is GettingElected.com and he is the author of So You Want to Run for Political Office and Welcome to the Real Corporate World.