I was honored to observe for one year the crucible of leaders at Yale University. Since those days we have molded our personae, George W. Bush overcoming his alcoholism through faith in God, much as I have graciously benefited; and John Kerry considering those in need, where I have often devoted myself. I feel connected to these two presidential candidates, but only one - Kerry - I perceive as an effective individual. Where the buck stops is often a lonely place. There we need a person, not a figurehead, who can survive by himself, at times without money, pride or political influence. How important do you consider the quality of autonomy, that our president would basically be someone intrinsically and positively self-motivated? George W. Bush seems removed in his application of Deity to the problems of his office, whereas John Kerry seeks to uplift the least of us. Bush is a often only a nut in a machine, whereas Kerry is a master mechanic, relating the fundamental parts of society. I do not believe that current President Bush can make rational decisions by himself while under pressure, and may recklessly misinterpret his conversations with God. Remember to elect not the party as president, but rather, the man who would retain true independence in the most challenging of trials.