Soon I will be casting my vote for President of the United States of America. I’ve seen countless political advertisements, listened to more than my fair share of news broadcasts, and even watched two debates. All the time I’ve wondered, just who will my vote be cast for?
I’ve listened to numbers, statistics, seen many polls, and reached so far to each political side that I’ve listened to Fox News and read the Huffington Post.
I’ll be square with you, I believe I’m somewhat conservative. I also believe in feeding the poor and helping the needy. So please don’t categorize me as a Democrat or Republican. Which poll do I believe? Which candidate do I believe? Which news organization do I believe? They all say that the other is “not correct”. Or more often than not they say of the other, “that is a lie”.
So Mr. President, this is what I have to say. More important to me than the jobless rate, the economy, foreign affairs, public health, or social security is the character of the man.
I want a President who is a man of honor, a man of respect, to our nation and to others. (I truly am sad that we have gone from a time that “Hail to the Chief” was played each time you walked in the room, and we all stood in allegiance and out of respect. Seeing my president on late night talk shows, well…that seems to have taken the “dignity” out of the Presidency).
I want a President who is honest. A man who will admit to a mistake if need be. Not a man who covers up, makes excuses or blames others. I want a man who is humble.
I want a man who is strong and wise. Strong in his beliefs and wise in his words. I want a man who may not agree, but will always listen and make others feel respected. I want to know that my President will give that respect to heads of nations or the garbage man.
I grew up in an era that our dollar bills said “In God We Trust”. Our Pledge of Allegiance was recited each day at school, and I learned that the flag and the United States of America under God, were what I pledged my allegiance to. I sang songs that taught of brotherhood, liberty and a country depending on God’s grace. Oaths were sworn with my hand on the Bible, and allegiance was pledged with my hand over my heart. That is what I learned as a child, and that is the citizen I want to be.
Sir, I am proud to be an American. I am proud to live in the Land of the Free. I will cast my vote on November 6th…and I will vote for “who” the man is…as that will always dictate his actions and choices.