For argument's sake let us suppose that Ross Perot is elected president of the United States. He wins the presidency without lifting a finger, preferring that his volunteers do all the campaigning for him.
Now he's in the Oval Office facing up to the hard decisions that come to a president every day."Mr. President, here is the budget. We're short $2 trillion. Do you have any ideas?"
"I don't think that it's for me to decide what to do about the budget. That's for my volunteers. I am calling a closed-circuit meeting of all of them for Thursday to study the problem. At that time I'll ask them to tell me what to do."
"Yessir. Saddam Hussein has just announced that he's built his 100th nuclear weapon and plans to use it on the Suez Canal if Baghdad doesn't get the Olympics in 1996. Shall we send the 6th Fleet to the area?"
"Look, we're a democracy and I don't think an American president should dictate to another leader what he should do with his military power. I'd like to turn the problem over to the Perot supporters in each state and say, `What are your wishes with regard to the Middle East?' "
"Mr. President, both the Democratic and Republican leadership are waiting outside."
"Well, send them in. . . . Gentlemen, it's an honor to see you. You don't have to sink to your knees and grovel when you come to my office. Just kiss my ring and we'll get on with our business."
"Mr. President, the economy has hit an all-time low. Exports are down and stores are closing all over America. You have to do something."
"I've called a meeting of all Perot workers and I am going to ask them what they want me to do in this hour of crisis."
"With all due respect, sir, the problem must be solved by Congress and the White House."
"That's the trouble with you people in Washington. You won't admit that a sheepherder in Montana probably knows more than a four-star general in the Pentagon. Once I install my computers in the 50 states, there won't be any need for Washington at all."
"Mr. President, what are you going to do about the Serbian-Bosnian war that is now spilling over into Hungary?"
"I'm going on the Larry King show tonight and taking calls from the viewers. I'm sure that one of them will have a good solution to the crisis."