Once again we have the opportunity to vote and elect a President of the United States. It’s narrowed down to two candidates, the current President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. It’s not hard to reflect back four years ago to chants of “Yes we can” and all the hope focused on the man who became the nation’s first black President and the hope that was cast with each vote that elected him. But as former President Bill Clinton reminded us, it really is “the economy, stupid”. The hope that ran so high four years ago has fallen to depths from a recession that won’t go away and a lack of faith in the government’s ability to change the status quo.
Both conventions are now over and the politicians have had their say continuing their unending promises and attacks against each other. A division of parties and ideas have run the country for too many years and have inexorably brought us to this point where nothing is accomplished except for too much sniping and too little action. For years now, it has always puzzled me as to why on earth Mitt Romney wanted to be president. I think he told me in his acceptance speech. He thinks he can do a better job than President Obama. He sees a need and wants to assist in changing what all too many people wake up and face daily, a life of poverty, joblessness, too many hours for too little pay, and days of grinding helplessness to maintain much less improve their daily life. Helping others is what he does.
The lethargy that overwhelms us must be broken at some point and it can’t come too soon. We all face the reality of constantly rising prices especially with food and gas two items that no one can live without. President Obama has had his opportunity to make some changes and improve our lives while the reality says that the only lives he has improved is his own and his family’s. He’s a lawyer with the adherent thinking process which is appropriate in many venues. However, words won’t improve the lot of those in need nor feed those who are hungry.
Election day is less than sixty days away and the race is close. This is our opportunity to make a difference. Many have decided already for whom they will vote; many others haven’t. There are two clear-cut choices. The country won’t fall apart no matter who is elected. That isn’t in question. The real question is who has the acumen to assist us in improving the ability of the people, us, to live their lives and thrive not just eke out their daily needs. That is the question that you have to answer on November 6th.