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New Year, New Possibilities.

January 2, 2012

So the New Year has finally arrived, and with it’s arrival it brings a wonderful array of possibilities.  These possibilities present themselves on a daily basis and on several levels.  There are possibilities presented to us personally, to our families, to our friends, to our state, and to our nation.

For me, one of the most exciting possibilities is the Presidential election.  While I know it is impossible to obtain what would be considered a “perfect” candidate, I am excited for the opportunity our country has to better itself through the election process.

Our current president ran on a platform of change – without specifying what those changes might actually be.  Change is popular, and to a large degree, unavoidable.  In fact, change is frequently good.  However, this is not always true.  Change can also serve no purpose, or even be detrimental.  In the case of our current President, I would have to argue that it definitely hasn’t been all good, and may have been more bad than good.  This election is my opportunity to do something about those changes, to show my disapproval of the job he has done.

This does not mean that we simply vote for the republican candidate that wins in the primaries to get rid of the current president.  We must, as a conscientious and active US citizens, begin to hold our representatives to a higher standard.  In my previous post I mentioned doing research.  This is only part of what we must do to hold our representation responsible for the pledges they make.  We must also watch their progress through their term of service.  Then when the next election rolls around, we act by exercising our privilege and duty of voting to either retain (for good service) or fire (for unacceptable service).

This exercise of our responsibility to vote offers a great and far reaching possibility for the future of America.  Let us not be guilty of watching that possibility slip past.

Wishing you a Happy and Fulfilling New Year,

Dave

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