Governor John Kasich for President: Fiscal Discipline, Values, Leadership and Wisdom

John Kasich of Ohio is the best presidential candidate—Republican or Democratic. He is known to many for his pragmatic, approach to policy that gets things done, which is just what Americans want right now.

He has superb experience in Congress (18 years in the House of Representatives). He is the current governor of a key swing state, Ohio, (having been reelected by a landslide after an initial election in 2011). He was also a Fox news announcer.

Kasich has proven leadership as shown when he served as the House Budget Committee Chairman leading us to the first balanced budget since 1969. He also helped reform welfare. In Ohio as governor he turned an $8 billion budget deficit to a surplus and lowered taxes by $800,000. These proven talents are direly needed after the Obama Administration will have doubled our national debt to a dangerous $18.5 trillion. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as the pressure of unsound government expenditures, entitlements and a bloated federal bureaucracy has persisted throughout the Obama presidency, supported by Democrats.

John Kasich is a person of deep character and shares values with so many prudent, kind, honest and hard-working citizens. That’s something that money can’t buy. None of us are perfect, but John Kasich is a governor that reminds me of the great one—President Ronald Reagan.

In short Governor John Kasich is an experienced, wise and capable leader who can and will unite our troubled nation.

Governor John Kasich: A Man of Character

John Kasich has something that can’t be easily found: character, a value that will be extremely important if Secretary Clinton is the Democratic nominee. Were she to become the Democratic nominee, Kasich is the only Republican candidate who would be able to defeat her.  In fact, a recent poll has showed that were they to run against each other, Kasich would defeat Clinton by eleven points!

Kasich first served in the Ohio legislature, being the youngest so elected. He served 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, on the Armed Services Committee during that whole period. He also served as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, leading the effort to balance the budget for the first time since 1969 and helped enact historic welfare reform. In addition, he has won two Ohio gubernatorial elections, the last by a landslide. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, a key swing state.

As governor, he closed an $8 billion shortfall without raising taxes, and even lowered taxes by $800 million. With our national debt at $200,000 per citizen, something that is pressing down on our economy even though it is invisible, Governor John Kasich is the gentleman who can and will bring fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C. He will not raise taxes; rather he will lower them and cut regulations that hamper businesses, charities, individuals and our whole country.

Kasich has been described as straightforward, optimistic and energetic. He is 63 and fit in mind, body and spirit. I read one of his books, Every Other Monday, and his honesty and character simply shined. I am proud to support such a worthy candidate, especially since these are such troubled times.

Experience matters. Being serious matters. And not least of all, character matters. Governor John Kasich of Ohio is simply the best candidate—fiscally, in his political track record and many other characteristics.  Not only can he win both the nomination and the general election, he can and will govern in a superb manner—reminding me of that great President Ronald Reagan.

Governor John Kasich for President — Fiscal Discipline, Values, Leadership and Wisdom

John Kasich of Ohio is the best presidential candidate—Republican or Democratic. He is known to many for his pragmatic, approach to policy that gets things done, which is just what Americans want right now.

He has superb experience in Congress (18 years in the House of Representatives). He is the current governor of a key swing state, Ohio, (having been reelected by a landslide after an initial election in 2011). He was also a Fox news announcer.

Kasich has proven leadership as shown when he served as the House Budget Committee Chairman leading us to the first balanced budget since 1969. He also helped reform welfare. In Ohio as governor, he turned an $8 billion budget deficit to a surplus and lowered taxes by $800,000. These proven talents are direly needed after the Obama Administration will have doubled our national debt to a dangerous $18.5 trillion. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as the pressure of unsound government expenditures, entitlements and a bloated federal bureaucracy has persisted throughout the Obama presidency, supported by Democrats.

John Kasich is a person of deep character and shares values with so many prudent, kind, honest and hard-working citizens. That’s something that money can’t buy. None of us are perfect, but John Kasich is a governor that reminds me of the great one—President Ronald Reagan.

In short Governor John Kasich is an experienced, wise and capable leader who can and will unite our troubled nation.

Can We Change?

Can we change – for the better – one by one, million by million, billion by billion? I think we can – partly through transactional analysis. I have, through enormous efforts of many from 1998 until now.

Think of the ramifications of such changes.

The key is to engender wisdom in ourselves and others and support it with a strong spiritual foundation, so life’s bumps and bruises don’t destroy us.

Values are all-important. And it’s hard to develop sound values without a solid spiritual base.

We must strive for Heaven on Earth, or we will be consumed by all the catastrophes that Henry Kissinger described in “World Order.” To paraphrase him – we are desperately in need of world order. Of course, that’s the opposite poll which I want us to seek and find with God’s enduring, steadfast love.

The world is now small, and we must learn to live together – not only with peace and security but helping each other out through free, fair trade; large scale businesses assisting those that make less than $2 per day. Together, we can achieve Henry Kissinger’s world order and my imagined Heaven on Earth.

REVIEW Part III: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

A First-Rate Madness:

Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

By Nasir Ghaemi, M. D.

Review by John E. Wade II

REVIEW Part III

 President Franklin Roosevelt was described by a famous judge as having “… a first rate temperament.”  Psychologically the author described FDR’s personality as hyperthymic—high in energy, very talkative, outgoing, and extroverted and, in short, extremely good company.  During his thirteen years in the presidency, he traveled by rail 399 times, covering 545,000 miles.  FDR was the epitome of resilience, partly due to his temperament but also probably the result of his polio, contracted at the age of thirty-nine as he was a rising star politically.

A close aide, Robert Jackson, regarded FDR’s sociability as his strongest asset—“He liked people, almost any people.”  The author explains that “… people with a hyperthymic personality tend to score very high on openness to experience, and they are curious, inventive, experimental souls.”

Emerging from his battle with polio that would hamper him physically the rest of his life, FDR became “… completely warmhearted, with humility of spirit and with a deeper philosophy.”  FDR’s hyperthymic personality helped him combat the polio which in turn endowed him with a degree of empathy which served the nation, world and him well.

President John F. Kennedy also possessed a hyperthymic personality.  He suffered with dismal physical problems from severe abdominal pain, infections, and on and on.  He wasn’t diagnosed properly until he was thirty—with Addison’s disease—at that time, 1946, a death sentence.  But, five years later, a new steroid pill arrived, which turned out to be the cure for most such patients, including JFK.

The author made a statement about JFK that bears repeating, “Kennedy deserves respect for all the suffering he endured, for his mere survival in the face of long odds—for his remarkable resilience.  Most normal people with half his medical problems and a fraction of his wealth would have retired to a quiet, easy life.”  “Like his hero Winston Churchill and his predecessor Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy never gave up.”

And now, an infamous historical figure, Adolf Hitler, who the author believes had a mental illness, most probably bipolar disorder which went untreated in any positive manner, but rather in a very destructive manner from 1936 onward.  This is the period Hitler did his most dastardly deeds—aggressive warfare and genocide.

Despite his political assassinations and grasp of power, the author states that Hitler’s “moderate bipolar disorder influenced his political career for the better—fueling his charisma, resilience, and political creativity.”  After 1937, “… the harmful effects of daily intravenous amphetamine—to which he was especially susceptible because of his bipolar disorder—worsened his manic and depressive episodes, impairing his leadership skills with catastrophic effects.”  As the author explains, “In his final two years, Hitler probably never experienced a day of normal mood.”

I encourage everyone to read this entire book to assess for yourselves the good and bad that can come from mood disorders in leadership and to determine for yourselves the author’s critique of “normal” leader failures in crisis times.  The chapter about Hitler contains details that reveal a depth of depravity caused by out-of-date remedies to bipolar disorder coupled with tragic and evil goals.

The author presents a good case for seeking extraordinary leaders for extraordinary times, such as Lincoln, Churchill, FDR and JFK.  But all these leaders had mental and/or physical weaknesses that are “weeded out” now.  When times are normal a “normal” leader can be good to help the trains run on time.  But in the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Equal Rights Movement extraordinary leaders who have overcome huge physical and mental obstacles and possess energy and creativity, realism, empathy and resilience in depth can be the difference between success and failure on a grand scale.

The Necessity to Choose Wisely this Presidential Election

Our nation and the world are very much at risk.  Those risks vary from climate change to nuclear weapons in the Middle East, to the printing of money all over the world.  We need to carefully choose the people we put in power who will handle these mounting risks.

The Democratic candidates currently running for president are far too far to the left and will not be able to properly address the issues we are facing. They do not respect the private sector, the service of prosperity (when it isn’t overtaken and regulated or absorbing deficits that undermine our whole economy with pressing debt).

The Democrats only care about re-election, not about the promises they can’t keep. In fact, trust and honesty are rare commodities among Democratic candidates.  This is why we must carefully look at the Republican candidates being offered up this presidential election and choose wisely.  I believe that Governor John Kasich of Ohio is the best option, and I fully endorse him for president.

Don’t get me wrong. We need Democrats as well as Republicans -– liberals, moderates and conservatives.

But we are at a crucial point in American history after the Obama Administration (at least January 20, 2017). So much damage has been done by President Obama and all the Democrats that supported him.

2016 is a “must win” for Republicans and all Americans, not to mention the world.

REVIEW Part II: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

A First-Rate Madness:

Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

By Nasir Ghaemi, M. D.

Review by John E. Wade II

REVIEW Part II

One of my personal heroes is Winston Churchill, who stood staunchly during World War II, inspiring Britain and the Allies to achieve their ultimate victory over Adolf Hitler, another figure examined in the book.  The author writes, “I believe that Churchill’s severe recurrent depressive episodes heightened his ability to realistically assess the threat that Germany posed.”

In describing Churchill from a psychiatric point of view, the author writes that Churchill “… meets the official definition of bipolar disorder, type II (hypomania alternating with severe depression).  It is also possible that he had more severe manic episodes, which we cannot fully document, yet had that been the case he would meet the diagnostic definition of standard bipolar disorder (also called type I).”

His mind never stopped.  Churchill was amazingly productive, aside from serving as minister and prime minister for decades; he wrote forty-three books in seventy-two volumes.  Because Churchill had battled illness and despair his whole life, he could and did convey to others that despair could be overcome, even in the bleak period of 1940.  He called his depression his “Black Dog.”  It’s as if he suffered and gained what the author called “depressive realism,” allowing him to recognize as early as October, 1930, the Hitler menace and to lead when his deep fears were realized.

Abraham Lincoln also demonstrated the worthwhile impact of depression and how it fostered empathy and tenacity.   Lincoln had a history of depression, including suicidal thoughts, telling a fellow politician that he “was the victim of terrible melancholy” sometimes, so he never carried a pocketknife because he couldn’t trust himself with it.  Lincoln sought compromise, but “after Fort Sumter, he realized that compromise was lost.”  He said slavery was the “… greatest wrong inflicted on any people.”

There have been a few leaders, like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., who had intently experienced depression, and out of sheer force of will made it a part of their political method.  The author states that he believes the “politics of radical empathy …  is the psychological underpinning of non-violent resistance.  Depression reveals the truth of empathy, and empathy, in turn, engenders unexpected powers of leadership.”

The author explains that “Emotional empathy, produced by severe depressive episodes, may prepare the mind for a long-term habit of appreciating others’ points of view.”  In my words, depression can produce a humble spirit that exudes kindness.

Both Gandhi and King suffered depression and yet were heroes in peace as Winston Churchill was a champion in wartime.

Dr. Poussaint gave a first-hand account, “King had a heartlessness about him … he set the pace in marches, he was strolling, not walking fast, nor slow; but strolling, and always right in the front line, which put him at risk.  Anyone could run out from the bushes and shoot him.”  King was not chronically depressed but “… experienced at least three probable depressive episodes in the beginning, middle and end of his life, the first associated with suicide attempts.”

The author does state, “No form of waging conflict always wins.”  Radical empathy in a non-violent way won the day for Gandhi and King, whereas Churchill and the Allies won World War II through warfare.

Humankind must learn to integrate nations, economies, investments, and communications, even religions in ways that reduce and eventually eliminate conflict.

The Bipolar Millionaire, Updated 2016 Edition

We have reorganized the first edition of my memoir in chronological order while keeping almost exactly the parts that we had originally included. I invite you to get a copy and I’ll bet you will have a hard time putting it down. People tell me it’s a “page-turner.”

It’s the honest account of my life up to now. Of course, as of now, I’m not a celebrity, but I expect you to be spellbound by the triumphs (first in my class in accounting at the University of Georgia) and tragedies (bipolar episodes until a cure late in life).

I worked 29 years as a CPA—in and out of responsible jobs. I had two failed marriages due to my bipolar disorder. And then, at age 57 in 2002 I became a multimillionaire through inheritances from Mother and Daddy, primarily Daddy who also had bipolar disorder. Despite his case, Daddy was good with money and was a superb investor.

I’m going to surprise you with the ending, the enormous effort that went into my cure.

REVIEW Part I: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

A First-Rate Madness:

Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

By Nasir Ghaemi, M. D.

Review by John E. Wade II

REVIEW Part I

This is a fascinating book, explaining in a compelling manner how some of the greatest leaders of the past two centuries—Abraham Lincoln, Gen. William T. Sherman, Winston Churchill, Mohandas Gandhi, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ted Turner among others—drew from their personal suffering to evoke sterling leadership abilities under the harshest circumstances.  The author also addresses the “flip side,” that is, weak leaders such as Neville Chamberlain who didn’t perceive the threat of Adolf Hitler.  He also presents a disturbing account of Hitler and his untreated and mistreated bipolar disorder, as well as the top echelon of his command who carried out his evil orders.

I urge everyone to read the complete book to come to understand, as I do, that unusual times call for extraordinary leadership, whereas ordinary times are better served by leaders who help “the trains run on time,” whether political, military or business.

For crisis leadership, bipolar disorder (with its mania and depression) can present vital elements of effectiveness, such as realism, resilience, empathy and creativity.  Depression invokes all four of those elements while mania promotes creativity and resilience.  Personally, I’d like to add one more quality to the three “high” states that the author presents (hyperthymia seen in Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR hereafter) and John F. Kennedy (JKF hereafter); hypomania exhibited by Churchill; and mania in Sherman and Turner), that of high energy.

Let’s go through the book with an open mind and a certain sense of awe that these leaders (excluding Hitler, of course) performed in a superb way beyond the limits where many in that situation would give up, as FDR with polio and JFK with Addison’s disease.

The book examines eight great leaders in “politics, military and business whose lives and work demonstrate various dimensions of the link between leadership and madness:  General William Tecumseh Sherman of Civil War fame; Ted Turner; Winston Churchill; Abraham Lincoln; Mahatma Gandhi; Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR); and John F. Kennedy (JFK).”  He also presents counterexamples of  healthy “normal” leaders who failed in time of crisis:  Richard Nixon, General George McClellan and Neville Chamberlain.

In this review I will not include all the figures that Dr. Ghaemi addresses, but will try to illustrate how democratic societies might have come to the point that only “normal” candidates can rise to great leadership even though such persons with depression (Lincoln and Churchill), creativity (Sherman and Turner), depression coupled with radical empathy (Gandhi and King), and resilience (FDR and JFK) can rise as necessary to handle times of great crisis.

The author, Nassir Ghaemi, M. D., is a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.  He trained in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, holds degrees in history (BA, George Mason University), philosophy (MA, Tufts) and public health (MPH, Harvard).

In identifying and analyzing these prominent individuals he used four criteria:  symptoms, genetics, cause of illness and treatment.  I will not duplicate his application of those telling standards on each figure, but I will say that I found his methodology and thoroughness completely convincing.

The author explains that “…  mental illness doesn’t mean that one is simply insane, out of touch with reality, psychotic.  The most common mental disorders usually have nothing to do with thinking at all, but rather abnormal mood:  depression and mania.  These moods aren’t constant.”

There is a growing “depressive realism hypothesis” which points out that “… depressed people aren’t depressed because they distort reality; they’re depressed because they see reality more clearly than other people do.”  This applies to Winston Churchill as he vividly saw the great threat of the rise of Adolf Hitler.

Mania can be accompanied by “… creativity, energy and sociability….” but if it is too pronounced it can lead to “… irritability, promiscuous sexuality, and lavish spending.”  The core of mania is “impulsivity with heightened energy.”

An early twentieth century German psychiatrist, Erst Kretschmer, said “Insanity is not a regrettable … accident but the indispensable catalyst of genius.”  The author states categorically that “The best crisis leaders are the mentally ill or mentally abnormal; the worst crisis leaders are mentally healthy.”  When writing of these crisis leaders he states, “The weakness is, in short, the secret of their strength.”

Just a brief comment about Sherman, a Union general who broke the back of the Confederacy with his unprecedented march through Georgia—burning Atlanta—on to Augusta, with similar tactics all the way through South Carolina to North Carolina.   “A month later, the war was over.”  Despite his mental breakdowns in the past, “With all this military success, Sherman had rehabilitated his image from crazy failure to insane genius.”

Creativity in any realm is not just solving old problems, but finding new problems to solve.  “Mania enhances both aspects of creativity:  the divergence of thought allows one to identify new problems, and the intense energy keeps one going till the problem is solved.”

Let’s briefly address Ted Turner, a legend in his own time in many ways.  The author states “I believe Turner was a success because of, rather than despite, his bipolar symptoms.”  Turner’s “… manic energy and creativity are relatively clear.”

Interestingly, the author relates that Leston Havens, a wise psychotherapist, once commented that he had known many people who had been improved by failure, and many ruined by success.  Failure deflates illusion, while success only makes illusion worse.  That’s a powerful assessment of human nature.  The author explains how early hardships in life—particularly harsh ones—tend to produce, “not infrequently, our greatest leaders.”

My Endorsement of Governor John Kasich as President

John R Kasich was elected governor of Ohio—a key swing state—first in 2011 and then reelected again in a landslide. He closed an $8 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and has reduced taxes by $800 million. Now that’s the sort of thing that can and would reduce our $200,000 per person national debt. This debt, entitlements, and a bloated federal government is pressing down on our economy. It’s invisible—but it is real in its effect.

Kasich is no stranger to taking on and solving big problems. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years and, as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, he led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time since 1969 and helped enact historic welfare reform.

He has worked in the private sector and was a commentator for FOX News.

I read one of his books, Every Other Monday, and it convinced me of his fine character. After the Obama Administration and Secretary Clinton, we are in dire need of Governor Kasich who is described as known for being straightforward, optimistic and energetic.

Vote and support Governor John Kasich for president. It really matters, not only to Americans, but to the world.