It appears that the stage is pretty much set for the Presidential election in the fall. Barring some unforeseen major change in the Democratic candidates, and with the Republican candidates now selected, let the battle begin. I also might have written let the ballet begin. Perhaps this a more apt description, unless the focus on issues and the direction of the nation receives more laser-like attention.
With the emergence of fall, the yard signs begin to sprout; store fronts become party campaign headquarters and bumper stickers with various messages proliferate.
All are good signs that democracy is waking up and the nation is engaging in another peaceful battle to determine our leadership, both presidential and congressional. One of the major ugly pieces of this national mosaic is the horrendous amount of money that has emerged as a vestigial component of these campaigns.
Historically, money has played a significant role in most national campaigns, however not in the substantial amounts raised and the loopholes used to generate this abomination. It is high time to do away with the abundance of money spent on national campaigns. Let’s face it; both Obama and Romney are wealthy men. What is wrong with being wealthy? George Washington was a very wealthy man.
In selecting Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential candidate. Gov. Romney choose well, selecting a tough, reform-minded Republican with strong voter appeal among the thinking electorate. One Republican who was 42, reform- minded, and a great campaigner, was Theodore Roosevelt. We shall see.
On the Democratic side the choice is very clear. The President has lead, or mislead the nation for the past four years. His rhetoric abounds. The Vice President is very articulate, (most of the time), and will carry their ticket’s message strongly to the Democratic Party base.
As is the norm with most national elections, except in war time, the nation’s economy and the household purse/pocketbook will be the major issues upon which voters make their decisions this November. If change happens, it is usually deserved. That decision remains with the voters.
This November, which is not that far away, will be a classic and pivotal election; make sure you have registered to vote. The old saying “every vote counts” may be especially true this year with many voters yet in the undecided category.
Remember, the world is run by those who show up!