So, I will confess. I am disallusioned, hesitant, and unsure. I have friends across the political spectrum but talking politics is really so
difficult lately, people get so up in arms. So, I propose that we here share our views and questions across a wide range of candidates and concerns.
I have not fully settled on a candidate yet and so my vote at least is still available to be swayed. If you want to know how greatly the pendulum of
my thinking swings these days then you should know that as of now (provdied both choices available) I lean toward either Ron Paul or Obama. Yes, you
read that correctly.
I have always been a Republican but the party has left me cold these past few years. I voted for Obama in 2008 but I don't feel like the job is
getting done. The newly elected Republicans frighten me. Their ideas for fiscal responsibility make me feel like a new era of Oliver Twist like
abandonment is almost upon us. I would keep a Dem as POTUS to keep them in check. Despite years of hating H. Clinton, I would take her over Obama
because, though I voted for him, I am concerned about just how much of his past is hidden. I am not exactly a birther, more of a confused and
concerned citizen. And no, he doesn't have to share everything. But there do seem to be some striking omissions, etc. And, before people go all
"oh you racist birther" on me I already told you I voted for him. And, I am not opposed to national health care. I think social security and
medicare must be saved. We already have fewere social safety nets and perks then the rest of the developed world.
Okay, now for the other half of my brain...
The European countries largely can't pay for their social services either. We can't try to step in now during the lean years and suddenly increase
the social services we offer just as others are finally realizing that they have to pull back Life is hard. Make better decisions. (ouch, I sound
cruel) We have drifted as a country very far away from what I believe our core operating principles are supposed to be. The federal government has
over reached time after time after time. And, it's time for it to stop. Ron Paul is willing to follow his principles through to their logical
conclusion, even when he doesn't like some of the end results. Example being his belief that the FEDERAL government shouldn't get to tell you not
to use drugs. He hopes you don't start shooting heroin but that decision is really more between you and your state. That matters to be because I
feel like Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Executive Branch have taken on far more control over our lives than I think they should have. I am
fairly certaint that Paul would do away with programs that I think matter which are overseen at a federal level. That makes me nervous and makes me
think I would regret putting him in. Then I think that our system has become poisoned and maybe we have to kind of reset, including losing things I
consider important because they are too entwined in the festering wounds of what our system has become to save them now. Now we have to worry about
restoring our constitutional republic. We can sort more out later. And yes, that means giving stuff up for the time being.
So, see, I am really open to all comers. On a personal level I am big on job creation but I can't help but feel that a small group of elites that
control our corporate world also have a good chunk of government in their pocket. I am interested in the economy both nationally and globally. I am
interested in considering the role that the U.S. should play in the world and consider that as an important piece to "my candidate" I know why we
have been running around all over the world, I am curious about whether that actually best serves our people or fits our supposed form of
I would ask that all who take part in this discussion truly be civil. Share you point of view. Ask questions about others points of view but lets
not belittle each other. And, let us also not be so quick to take affront. If there is a conspiracy afoot to destroy this country, to usher in a
NWO, to have the corporate elites run everything, or to see anarchy in the streets: if you believe in any conspiracy aimed at taking down this "once
great"(?) nation, then understand that they must turn us against each other first. And, the heat of political conversation across the past couple of
years feels like that has largely happened. So, I cordially invite each of you to pull up a chair and a keyboard and share your thoughts. And, given
that this country is democratic in nature, all comers are welcome. I don't care if you dropped out school in the 4th grade. You get to vote which
means your point of view matters. Your feelings matter. And, I would like the opportunity to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can truly make
this country great again.
So, plead your candiate.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts.