By Glen Goodsell
I’m a registered Independent. In 2008 I was ready for change. I was committed to vote Obama and give my all to his rhetoric of hope and promises. However, a last minute change by Obama on a critical issue gave me a chilling look into the character and integrity of the man I was willing to support as our new President. I couldn’t cast my vote for Mr. Obama. My dilemma – where do I cast my pearls? I was not comfortable with the Republican candidate. I am a person of principle. I cast my vote for another rationalizing that I was voting my conscience. By voting in this way, in reality, I cast my vote for Mr. Obama, a ramification I was willing to risk. I, and others like me share in the responsibility for our current mess.
We have suffered under one we entrusted to lead and he has proven he is not up to the task. I cite only a few promises from Mr. Obama, which he, as our leader, has failed to honor; these are but three of many I could list:
- “It is irresponsible, unpatriotic to raise the debt (referring to the Bush administration). I pledge to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term.”
- “My administration will not rest until every American has a job.”
- “I will make America safer.” Bengazi! We impeached a president in my lifetime for a cover up that did not involve the loss of one life.
Is America “the land of the free?” That is what our founding fathers believed. Do we believe this? I put forth that we are literally in bondage, a silent killer, bondage that will strangle us. That bondage is a government out of control. A government floundering and is no longer “by the people for the people” as Abraham Lincoln eloquently stated in his Gettysburg address. That bondage is a suffocating deficit, a suffocating debt.
What is the solution? We have a clear and decisive choice. We can sit passively waiting for the noose to tighten. Or we can fight to preserve our “unalienable rights.” We can elect Mitt Romney and others who will WORK and fight to free us from our bondage.
There is another broken promise from President Obama. He promised if he failed to deliver, his would be a one-term presidency. That is one promise we need to make him honor. My plea to all is to be wise. Make your vote count. My pride betrayed me in the last election. By casting my vote for a candidate that had no chance of winning I personally contributed to four of the most difficult years of my lifetime and likely your lifetime. I implore all to look within and do what is best – our very existence and ideals hinge in the balance. We have a man in Mitt Romney who is a leader. He is qualified. He will work. He will lead. He is accountable. President Obama does not want to lead. Let’s allow him to work on his golf game. He will work on his golf game whether he is in or out of the Oval office. I will not repeat my mistake of 2008!
I leave one more thought. Just after the Civil War General Robert E. Lee said to his soldiers “Bury your animosities and go home and make your sons Americans.” It is time for you and I to honor this call and be true Americans.