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To the editor:
With the completion of both conventions, the contrasts between the presidential candidates have been clearly defined. There are two distinct philosophies that each man will implement should he be elected on Nov. 6. Each will carry long-term effects that will affect our tomorrows and the environment in which our children will live their lives.
We have all witnessed the messiness of life during this four-year term and, to be honest, way before President Obama took office. We learned the joys of winning and the sorrow of losing before the economic downturn. We knew the burden of debt (some more than others), the high cost of health care, the need for a quality education and the hard work required to reach, obtain and maintain the American Dream. Yet we persevered as we do today, for what investments we make in our families, schools and communities, we know it will yield a good return, so long as we have the right steward in place.
Those who have attained wealth and high social standing are blessed. Nonetheless, we are not any less worthy of the dignity that America endows those citizens when we fall on hard times or if troubles seem persistent. Striving to overcome each obstacle or trial molds our character and produces the best of who we are and what we can or do become. If we faint in the day of adversity, then our strength is small, and that will not do, not now or ever in America. As Thomas Paine, put it, “’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
Therefore, our leaders must not forget who we are or where we come from. This nation was built out of nothing with an enduring hope that the mutual and general welfare, common defense and blessings of liberty would bind us together for the advantage of our posterity. It is from the bottom up that we rise, not from the trickling down of nonexistent excesses that do not reach the bottom.
Historically, our lives have been interconnected in such ways that our shared responsibility within our communities have produced a shared prosperity that everyone benefitted from in one way or another — from the settling of the colonies to the success of Brown v. Board of Education or the most recent comeback of our auto industry. Cooperation and diplomacy have been fundamental components of our democratic prosperity, which our president has consistently tried to implement during his first term.
However, the reverse is also true. When the self-interest of a few triumphs over the good of the whole, the penalties for such behavior are devastating to our country in gravely profound ways that take years to correct, as illustrated by the cause and effects of the Civil War or the unbridled desire to make a profit with no regard for the human sacrifices that would occur or the pound of flesh that would be exacted when the financial bubble finally burst.
So, the decision is yours. When the chips are down and you are looking at your coach to present a plan to win, and it isn’t easy and it pushes you to your limit, what will you do? Do you change coaches in the middle of the game, or do you set our eyes on the mark, say that last prayer and head for the finish line?
President Barack Obama has been a good coach. He has managed us through our injuries, rallied our faith in our nation’s potential and led us up the steep hill to recovery. We are better off than we were four years ago. To keep our country moving forward, please do your part by voting for President Obama and our regional Democratic delegations.
Thank you, and see you at the polls.