It’s almost over!

From the mouth of the man who will probably be the next President of these United States, he stated “21 months ago on the steps of the old Capitol building in Springfield, Ill., I started this journey.”
This is almost two years, before his opponent started down the same path. One started from scratch with very little political experience, but with a huge ambition while the other started after serving many years in the United States Congress. The only thing they had in common was that they both held the office of United States Senator. There is where the similarity ends.
One, comparatively speaking, was a young man; the other could be, by today’s standards, considered elderly. It would seem that age is not necessarily important in this race. One is a white veteran of the U.S. Armed Services, having served honorably in Vietnam where he was taken as a prisoner of war. He survived five years of brutal treatment by the enemy forces. The other is an African-American, born of a white mother and a black father. He was raised by his mother and grandmother in Kansas and Hawaii. He is a lawyer, having graduated from a prestigious university.
One must wonder how these two men arrived at the conclusion they were destined to lead this country. It is often said that the U.S is the leader of the free world. If this is true, consider this: What must go through a person’s mind that would convince him/her that one is capable of understanding the many facets and the many details of holding such a position? Here we have a relatively young man with very little knowledge of dealing with other governments. This man has taken upon himself this tremendous responsibility. First, of course, he must be elected. Considering the time this person has been working in the political arena, the idea that he could become President boggles the imagination. The temerity of man is boundless.
On the other hand, we have a person of age who has suffered through the slings and wounds of not only ordinary life, but also having served his country in the most severe test a person can go through. In addition to this, he has served in government many years dealing with many aspects of how this country works with others. The young man tends to be very glib, a polished speaker with a calm demeanor that is not very often disturbed. The elder seems to speak in clichés, often repeating the same thought in one appearance. While one seems to always speak in well reasoned ideas, the other continues to use phrases that continually portray his opponent in a negative manner.
It has often been said that politics is a dirty game. Over the years I have seen both types of campaign oratory. Some candidates appear to know no other way to get a message over than to demean his/her opponent. Very few get through an election without in some way attempting to tear down his/her opponent. It must be the “name of the game.” It probably would not be wise to praise your “enemy.” It would be a nice change.
We all have a dog in this fight. It is imperative that the people do their part in choosing the person to be our supreme leader. It is always an important choice, but the situation our country is in at this moment makes your choice even more so. One candidate wants to take the country in a new direction while the other seems to want to maintain, at least, part of the old regime. Whatever your philosophy of governing, do not fail to cast your ballot. In a few years we will know which philosophy will serve us best. May God have mercy on us all!

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