- Cullman, Alabama


October 29, 2012

Voting: An act of power

CULLMAN — Drama is mounting as election day draws near. The presidential candidates  have battled over the death of an American diplomat in Libya, taxes, the economy and the future of the United States as a world leader.

Amid the campaign shoutouts, the nation is watching a major weather front dubbed “Frankenstorm” thrashing its way up the east coast, courting a possible date with Washington D.C. and as far as New York City and Boston. Forecasters fear this storm will wreak havoc through massive flooding long after its wind power dies down.

Whatever this storm brings, be certain that it will get tied to the political race for the nation’s highest seat.

Voters will watch President Obama’s reaction to the storm as it makes landfall and churns inland, debating whether he reacts compassionately or continues campaigning for votes instead of a disaster declaration.

Challenger Mitt Romney will also be tossed under the microscope as critics will say he turned the looming disaster into a political opportunity. Others will say he reacted in a more presidential manner than the president.

Alas, no matter what Frankenstorm unleashes on the nation the issues thrashing at the American way of life are not subsiding. The cost of living is on the rise while wages remain stagnant. Unemployment, while down a little, remains abnormally high for a country with so many resources and capabilities.

The candidates have said a lot about taxes, jobs, the middle class, the wealthy and so forth, but what have we learned?

Voters are facing a tough decision Nov. 6. Is the economy on the way back? Or is there more that could be done from a policy standpoint to push economic resurgence forward?

Each candidate would tell you they have the answer, that they know the direction best for the country. But look carefully at what you are told. Ask the tough questions.

This election should not be about political party affiliation, race, religion or any other distraction. The nation is faced with deepening issues and challenges, both domestically and abroad. Leadership — statesmanship — is needed to keep the United States an economically viable nation.

Make your choice on Nov. 6, but consider carefully what you think is necessary to keep your country strong. This election deserves to have a record turnout of voters, because ultimately the people are charged with making the most important decisions. And at this point, nothing is more important than participating in your government by voting.


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