I really abhor politicians that lack morality and good judgement. I am appalled when reading about the lascivious behavior of people in the public eye with political power. I am sick to death of their reckless spending and unmonitored expense accounts and irresponsibility and incredible waste. I am tired of the rhetoric, the falsehoods and the out and out lies. And all the empty promises~spare me.
Adding insult to injury, all this happens at our expense, affecting our wallets and our piece of mind and everything in between. The wave of entitlement in this country is down right frightening. The problems go much deeper than the squabbling between Republicans and Democrats. These serious societal issues must be dealt with before it is too late. The challenges of unemployment, the housing situation and tanking economy, welfare, the outsourcing, the trade agreements, the foreign policy, the education system, health care, rising crime rates and terrorism are beyond troubling. I could go on ad infinitum, we all could. Are there any among us that don't want things to get better? I don't think so. The solutions are very complex but one thing I know for sure. It starts with the self-governance of the individual and the cohesiveness of good, value-based, nuclear families.
I have been voting in Presidential elections since I was 21. Most of the elections have been trying to chose between the best of two bad choices. This time is different. To me the choice could not be more clear. I am proud to stand up and say I am voting for Mitt Romney. Barack Obama has not kept any of his promises to my knowledge. Things are not better but rather they are worse. The hope he spoke of has been dashed. This has nothing to do with being a liberal or a conservation thinker. I think we are all in favor of good change. The proof is in the pudding. His way is not working and he needs to be replaced.
I am not so naive as to think that one man is totally responsible for the current situation and climate in this country, not Bush and not Obama. Nor do I think one man can make a 180 degree difference in all of our problem areas in four years. Quite frankly, I admire any person who decides to run for President of the United States because whomever they are, they will be hated by millions by the time they are done. But I want to see some integrity in the promises made during the campaign and I do not want to see the complete opposite of what was espoused just 4 years later.
The candidates have the disadvantage of living under a microscope. Every word, every move, every gaffe, every video, every everything is at our fingertips now. It is disheartening to go back and listen to the words Obama spoke four years ago, realizing nothing has improved and he is saying the same things almost verbatim again. Really?
Bottom line is I want someone in the white House that we can trust. For me that is Mitt Romney. His record of economic success and public economic recovery is self-evident. I believe him to be a patriotic man with the country's best interests at heart. His records both financial and personal are impeccable and have been made public. I don't know either candidate personally, but I do know a lot about Mitt Romney and what he believes. He is a builder and I like that about him.
I know you may be thinking, "She is probably voting for Mitt because he is a Latter-day Saint and so is she." Well, I simply wouldn't do that. There are none perfect among us and there is no stereotypic Mormon either. But the fact that is he is LDS and that the doctrine of Jesus Christ is a part of him is something that helps me make an informed choice. I know enough about him because of the mission he served, his family life and his church callings to know he is a man who lives his religion with honor. I also know that the opponents and media have dug as deeply as they possibly could to find the flaw and they came up with nothing. So for me the choice is clear. I do not vote for him because he is a Mormon but it is definitely a factor because I know what that means. I am a Mormon and have studied the doctrine for 35 years, so in a sense I do know him.
Now Barack Obama on the other hand, all I really know about him is what the media wants me to know. Ironically, the media which blatantly favors him, has not really done him any favors in the long run. By rushing to be first to publish any lead story whether true or false, they have unwittingly managed to raise doubts in my mind about the integrity of the man. The hidden records about everything, his birth, his law degree records, his alias as a child, his Christian/not Christian affiliations, his big changes in his thinking for political gain, and his alleged refusal to salute the American flag...all these things are things I do not want to think about and worry or wonder about anymore. The character of a man is something we can do nothing about. And when we only have the media to go on it makes it tough. I am sure Mitt is not perfect and I am also sure there are many good qualities in Obama. I chose to take the high road on the things I do not know for sure.
But the things that I cannot abide politically are the things that have gone downhill under Obama's leadership when I see families around us losing their homes and out of work and gas going for $4.50 a gallon in our area. The cost of groceries is terrible and the basics are not available to many because of the economy and poor leadership and an ineffective legislature. That we can actually do something about by voting on November 6th.
One more thought on all of this. This campaign has been particularly divisive among families and friends. Civility has been tossed aside in some cases. I find that incredibly sad. The Black/Mormon issues, the Liberal/Conservative issues, and all the rest of it have really polarized people. I don't claim to know it all, and I won't argue my points or choices with anyone. But it does make me sad to think that as intelligent human beings we cannot honor another's right to have a differing viewpoint and that we cannot be OK with that and often feel a need to hurt others and be cruel about it. The ideals of a country that is free and united do not support that type of behavior.
I trust you will think for yourself and make your own informed choice. And I'd like to think you will allow me the same. Nothing I have said in this post is meant to change anyone else's mind. These are just my thoughts for today as we approach the debates this month, may we all be open to continually learning and choosing wisely. The next four years depend on responsible choices on every level of government. Let's exercise our right to make a difference in November.