My oldest son is voting in his first Presidental election this year. This got me thinking about how much his generation has seen during the last twenty years. Most of them were in elementary school when September 11th occurred. They've seen a depression recover, a housing and stock market crash, politicians both succeed in diplomatic relations and fall due to ethical standards. They've seen the good, the bad, the neutral, and the life-changing. With their votes making up a large population this year, I can't help but wonder how they will decide the next President of the United States. Will they vote on their feelings of these events? Will their votes be based on the values with which they've been raised? A combination of these two things or none of the above?
My biggest hope is that my son votes using an evaluation of business standards, past performance as a leader, and their plan for creating a safe, financially sound, peaceful country. I also hope that his decision has nothing to do with how well the candidate did in Literature in high school, or his ability to work through the day with arthritis. In other words, he will concentrate on the issues and the candidates ability to address them with logical, sound action. I encourage him to do his own research on how each candidate has voted throughout their political careers so that he can predict how they will continue to vote.
Oddly enough, this writing piece isn't about politics. It's about people. People are what determine any public success. They are the voice; they are the vote. One day, hopefully in the very near future, people will have to come to terms that we are a race of human beings. Which country we were born in, the faith in which we were raised, the financial status of our individual country, are all environmental factors. The fact that we are human, is biological. This biology, our common thread, will always be the one thing that binds us together. In order to let the people succeed, governments everywhere must be willing to open those doors to their citizens. Human beings are extraordinary, reselient, adaptable creatures. They have far greater capacity for establishing their own diplomatic, peaceful relations than they are sometimes given credit for. Government should be a facilitator to that, not a controlling boom that drowns out the voice, or capability, of the people it represents.
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