As a frustrated nation, we’ve managed to survive a seemingly never-ending number of brain-numbing political debates as both major parties searched for their Presidential candidates. That behind us, we’ve weathered both party conventions as well. As the world watches, we approach the November finale as more crucial debates dominate the media.
As candidates finesse their final messages to secure our votes, we face the difficult challenge of attempting to decipher truth from empty promise, honest intentions from talking points, and authenticity from prevarication.
Candidates have had years of preparation in conveying a message they feel we want and need to hear before offering our support and, more importantly, our vote of confidence. While I have yet to make that crucial decision myself, I encourage you to join me in doing the necessary homework and research in search of the wisdom necessary to make such a momentous decision—choosing the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. Our future hangs in the balance.
To underscore the importance of intense preparation for this consequential decision, consider the following scenario and the consequences of a poor choice.
It’s time to elect a world leader from three leading candidates, and your vote counts. You see three commercials on television, each prepared by very talented, but questionable, professional campaign agencies. Based on the promotional content, for whom do you vote?
He associates with corrupt political bosses and consults with astrologists. He’s had two mistresses. He chain smokes and drinks 8 to10 martinis a day.
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon most days, used opium in college and drinks a quart of brandy every evening before bed.
He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and has never had an illicit affair.
Again, who gets your vote?
Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.
Be careful. Do your homework. Research thoroughly. Then vote wisely and hope for the best.
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