I have had the privilege of voting in the past 2 years (yikes, I am getting old!), and I choose the word privilege carefully. I think it is important for people, especially people of my generation to realize the importance of voting. The most common thing I hear amongst my friends is, “it doesn’t make sense for me to vote, I am just one in a million votes that are counted that it doesn’t even matter”. While I see the logic of their argument, they are failing to realize that this is an opportunity to enact change. Just think, if everyone had this same mindset we wouldn’t have any votes!
The word change is a major buzz word thrown around every 4 years. It was one of the foundations of President Obama’s platform in the most recent presidential election. While there are many arguments that go back and forth on what kind of change he has brought during his presidency, I personally feel that we haven’t seen the change we need. With that being said, I don’t feel that we truly have a solid candidate to be the President. Last semester I took my first political science course (in a long time), and it really made me look at the state of our country. We focused a lot on the Republican candidates and every class period it seemed that they made more and more of a mockery of themselves. While Mitt Romney is currently sitting in position to be the Republican candidate how can we forget about the “pizza-man” himself Herman Cain. He sounded like the infamous Seinfeld character-Jackie Chiles while he was out promoting his 9-9-9 plan, before crashing down amid scandal. Then we have Newt Gingrich. Newt has been a lifelong name in the Republican debate, and while he certainly has made waves this year, I think it is safe to say at this point that Republicans are back to not caring about Newt anymore.
As for my prediction, I feel Obama will retain the position of the President by default although I am hoping to be proven wrong and that Romney will be the next president. The one thing that I like about Romney is his successful business background. With the state of our economy, I feel it is important that we have someone in charge who has experience handling and making tough business decisions. Romney has proven himself to do this and has recently received the endorsement of another fellow successful businessman Donald Trump (I won’t even get into his presidential aspirations). I feel that we need a President who is willing to focus on the issues in our own backyard and take care of our own before helping every other country out there. Also, I could care less about seeing our President at numerous sporting events or filling out his March Madness bracket on ESPN, all of this is just taking away from him doing his real job! With that being said I want to reiterate the importance of everyone to get out and vote, not just for the President, but for your local offices as well as it really does matter!