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Well, it would be difficult not to comment on the presidential race, since that’s all that’s on TV right now, with the Caucuses. I have always liked politics to some degree. My beliefs have changed considerably since I was young though. In fact, I remember when I lived in Atlanta, and was able to shake hands with McGovern. (If you don’t know who he is, it’s a sad story.) Practically no young people liked “Tricky Dick” at the time, and we were all bent on changing the world. Back in the late 60s and early 70s, we really did make some changes. Certainly there were advances in the Civil Rights Movement, women’s rights, we made our voice heard loud and clear on the Vietnam war, and we certainly had some of the best music ever created. We talked of love and peace, because we’d seen too many die. Many in Vietnam, as well as Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, the students at Kent State, and many others. We were tired of war, and tired of losing people we loved. We were tired of materialism, and tired of the establishment. We were just tired of everything, I guess. We had dreams for a better world, like all young people do. But we didn’t always know a lot about reality.

So here I am all these years later, and I would call myself a political conservative, for sure. Time was when there was not that much difference in a Democrat or a Republican, but that’s certainly not true anymore. There are definitely issues that divide the parties, but I won’t get into that right now. I voted for Bush, and probably would again. (Though not much has gone well for him, and I don’t agree with some of his decisions.) But I have to say, that even those of us who thought we could support this war, are getting discouraged. I feel that we didn’t fight it properly from the beginning. We didn’t have enough soldiers initially, and our guys (and gals) couldn’t even get necessary rations and supplies. And some of them apparently still don’t have the gear they need to fight adequately. That just shouldn’t be. If we are going to ask young people to risk their lives, then we owe it to them to get them anything they need.

So here we are, in a presidential race. And the word of the hour is “change.” Change just for the sake of change, is not always good. But change for worthwhile reasons, can be.

Perhaps we are all getting tired of everything once again. Tired of war, and tired of people dying. And this war is not the same kind of war we have fought in times past. It’s not a war that you can shoot it out, and the best man wins. It is a very different beast.

While I like Obama, and even get excited for him about the victories he’s winning, I guess the greatest issue for me in this election, would have to be national security. The question I ask myself is: “Who do I want in office if we are attacked by terrorists again, in anything remotely similar to 9-11?” I don’t want an idealist then, I want someone who is tough, and who understands what is at stake. Sitting down to tea with terrorists is not an option. (They don’t like tea parties.) They don’t play fair. And no matter how lofty our goals are, they want to destroy us, and all that we stand for.

So while as a Christian, I like Huckabee, I doubt very seriously that he can win the election. I have always personally preferred Giuliani over McCain, but I feel either one of those candidates could handle terrorists. Giuliani has lost a lot of ground lately, and I don’t know if he can come back. As for McCain, he’s just not one of my personal favorites, but I know he would also be tough on terrorists.

On the Democratic side, even though I do not care for Hillary at all, I trust her more with wisdom and reason about the war and terrorists, than I do Obama. I like a lot of things about Obama, but I’m afraid of his policies of dealing with terrorists. He needs to define his strategies more, for me to feel comfortable about him being President.

And yet, there is this old feeling stirring, much like it was back in the day, when you knew that things just couldn’t stay the same. The status quo isn’t good enough anymore. People truly are wanting change, or at least they think they do. And they are wanting it so much, that even Hillary and Bill represent going backwards, instead of forward. So it’s going to be interesting to watch and see what happens. Whatever you believe, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, make sure that you vote. It is a privilege and an honor to have the freedom to vote, and it is not something to be taken lightly. Just make sure that it is an informed vote. Know the candidates, and know the issues. And if you’re a praying person, pray about this election. It’s important that we don’t make a mistake. It is a crucial time in history, and who we have for  President is very, very important.

But the wind is definitely blowing…and it feels like winds of change…


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