This is a particularly exciting year in politics. This is an opinion piece on politics.
It has been several years since America has seen such an historic and exciting race to power, influence and a voice in American Politics. I am thrilled to see such compelling candidates and running mates in this match.
"In this corner we have Barack Obama and Joe Biden." Obama's affiliations and friendships have, at times, been perilous and disturbing. A 20 year membership in a church that is rather radical, and sometimes downright hateful to whites. Obama serving as a Board Chairman on a committee started by William Ayers who bombed the Pentagon. A beautiful, intelligent, well educated wife who said this is the first time she is proud of America. (While as a woman, she was able to be educated in one of the most elite and expensive educational institutions in America. Did she receive scholarships? If so, only in America!)
Then there's Joe Biden. The "white old guy" that Obama has repeatedly said is out of touch with America...when he refers to John McCain.
"Now, in this corner we have John McCain." The white older man who has served in the military, is more conservative and has proven leadership. His choice of a running mate is Governor Palin. Palin couldn't be a more brilliant choice! She is a strong, intelligent, educated woman who has earned her political career within her state. In the weeks that follow, we will learn more about her leadership ability.
I am a liberal in thinking and a conservative in politics. Let me explain how this works. I believe in self responsibility and self determinism.
Less government is always better. If I look at how the government runs programs, I am afraid! I don't want national health insurance.
Helping people in need is an essential and compassionate part of being human! People truly in need must receive care from society. This can take the form of donations (Americans still are the single most generous people in the world), schools, individuals, religious groups, neighbors and some limited government programs. I DO object to con artists and people who can work taking money and services that they can earn themselves.
I don't like war. Who does? However, I realize freedom is never free. I appreciate the young and older men and women who ensure our safety. I know that the sacrifice of many American's has lead to the freedom and leadership of this great nation.
So, who will win this election? My hope is that thinking men and women will put aside precedence and look at issues. Who can lead? Who will ensure America's leadership and safety? Who will prosper America? Who will lead our nation to better education? Who will make this world a safer place, the people of America richer and more self reliant, the families more responsible for the outcome of education, America independence on foreign energy and improve America's world standing?
My vote is for greater self reliance and individual responsibility, less government, more opportunities, energy independence, wellness focus so we don't need as much "health care", parental involvement for better education and improved standing in the world.