The virtues include realism and idealism, optimism, respect for truth, compassion, humility, tolerance and compromise, humor, creativity, temperance, self-discipline, passion, and courage; prudence, to properly balance, prioritize, and fit together these values to achieve the greatest good. Political wisdom, a compelling national vision, and a personal background that meshes with that vision—these are qualities I look for in a candidate. I look for skills such as being a good administrator and communicator. If such a person possesses such qualities and skills, they will be reflected in issue positions on such matters as climate change and health care and make him/her popular enough to make Trump a one-term president.
Walter Moss is History professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan, author of An Age of Progress?: Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces (2008).