I have been quiet lately due to the fact that I have been overwhelmed by the history taking place in front of me. It is the obvious historical inclusion of a woman, a Hispanic, a Mormon, and an African American running for the position of President of the United States. The greater historical event and by far, most significant, is the activity of the population of the country. Those that will participate in the election and those that will not.
It has been described as a movement that surrounds Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee. In spite of lack of money or ethnic make up, these two individuals are making a stand in this race. Why is this so?
I would submit that it is the masses of people that have arrived at the breaking point at the same time, all the events that have taken place over the last seven years that have challenged and changed the “every man”.
I don’t know if you have heard the phrase, “you will until you won’t, and you do until you don’t”. This phrase has always represented the “tipping point” for me … the point of equilibrium that is reached due to the preceding chaos of creation that has occurred.
As I wrote in a post on January 1, 2008, I am ready to take responsibility for the change that I want to see in the world. This is and has been the only primary election year in my life that I have ever looked at my choices and felt that I actually had a choice. There are probably only two people on the Republican or Democratic side that I would never vote for or want them to win the election and the second person just recently put themselves on that list. Most of the candidates who are running in this election are people that I have held in the highest regard throughout the years for their service to this country and their accomplishments.
That brings me to the EXPERIENCE vs. CHANGE argument. One of the things that comforted me in the George W Bush administration was all of the experience that we had in the cabinet appointments. I didn’t agree with Mr. Bush on issues or particularly care for his personality, experience or resume, but I looked at the people that he surrounded himself with and they were seasoned, thoughtful, intelligent people who had accomplished much in their careers. I trusted the EXPERIENCE. How bad could this be after all? These were all people who have been in government for years with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
So what happened? I personally believe that these people placed their EXPERIENCE and REPUTATION before the health and security of our country. They did not listen, hear or see any thing. They were unchangeable and inflexible due too all of the things that they THOUGHT THAT THEY KNEW BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCE.
This is why I personally am going to harness whatever COURAGE that is within ME and as Bill Clinton says, “toss the dice, believe in the fairy tale”. I made the rational, logical, conservative move last time and look what that got me.
I have reached the “TIPPING POINT”.
I want in my next President, flexibility, the ability to think outside of the box and not depend on the usual solutions to problems that we have been dealing with for years. I want in my next President, someone who is objective driven and will work with whoever it takes to meet a set of objectives and present me, the people, solutions. I want a President who will be honest with me even when I do not like what I am hearing.
I want a President who believes in the United States of America, the People, the Democracy.