to presidential candidates promote themselves during this
year’s presidential campaign is pretty much a fruitless and
counterproductive exercise. We see what’s happened to our
country… how our reputation has changed in the world… and
how we as a people, acting through our elected officials,
impacted our children and the rest of humanity since the current
administration took office.
In selecting the next
president and members of Congress, the most productive
strategy you can adopt as a citizen, will be pursued not by
listening to what any one of them has to say, but by going
back and reviewing what each of them actually did or tried to
do since the Bush administration began running things. Review
the hard evidence. Review what they said, what they wrote, and
how they voted (if they had a chance to vote).
How much leadership did they
provide. That will tell you more about who they are and what
you can expect from them than who they now tell you they are
or what they tell you to expect if you elect them.
Hope is one thing,
responsibility is another. If they haven’t been doing what
you think they should have been doing all along, as citizens
and/or as public servants, you can be pretty well sure you
will feel the same way 5 years from now. Hoping for something
else is pie in the sky. Am I telling you something you don’t
Are you going to waste your
vote or are you going to use it to make a difference?