We will soon have an opportunity for true change, and it's time to take down the "bird" and replace those wings with politicians who truly want to work for the good of the people who elect them...not the lobbyists who pay them to add pork barrel spending to our bills or simply to pad their own pockets.
Listen closely to those who run and maybe something will sway you to think beyond the scope of your party legacy. I was a registered democrat for years just because it was a family tradition, but then I got older, smarter, and decided to think for myself. There is no reason to vote out of loyalty to a party...ever!
Doesn't it make sense to vote the most qualified person? Let's rid our government of career politicians while we're at it. Time to say goodbye to those who have made a well-paying job out of what should have been a short stay in power that has gone to their heads and secured their retirements.
It's admirable to not see the color of a person's skin, or even realize gender when voting, but that should never be the reason we elect someone to lead this nation. I'm listening carefully to those tossing their hat into the ring, and I hope you are too.
We are a world of personalities and differing opinions. We need someone who really knows what "transparency" is...that it isn't just a word you can say over and over again to impress and entice voters to the polls. We need a leader who commands respect yet earns it with actions and one who doesn't sacrifice the safety of our nation to meet his own needs. Someone who tells us what is happening in the world and tells us the truth.
Yesterday's shooting in Oregon was a tragedy. The assassin was hell-bent on killing, and even in a gun-free zone, where the security guard was not allowed to carry a weapon, a bomb would have been just as effective. As a matter of fact...gun-free zones have become a popular target for loonies with a gun. Why not venture into a place where there is no chance to meet someone carrying? Stop blaming deaths on guns and put it on the person who pulls the trigger. Stop trying to take away the rights of those who have followed the law to obtain a gun and work on how to stop illegal trafficking. Look how well we've done with the war on drugs. And gee....how did Syria get all those guns?
Obama said that violence has dropped as a result of gun control. Really...statistics I've looked at do not support that claim in any way. In fact...below is a list from the FBI...and note that at least three of places here are listed among the top ten states with the toughest gun control laws: http://www.deseretnews.com/top/1428/0/10-states-with-the-strictest-gun-laws.html
One fact is greatly overlooked. I copied http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine-features/guns-and-suicide-the-hidden-toll/ to provide you with this information:
In the national debate over gun violence—a debate stoked by mass murders such as last December’s tragedy in a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school—a glaring fact gets obscured: Far more people kill themselves with a firearm each year than are murdered with one. In 2010 in the U.S., 19,392 people committed suicide with guns, compared with 11,078 who were killed by others. According to Matthew Miller, associate director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC) at Harvard School of Public Health, “If every life is important, and if you’re trying to save people from dying by gunfire, then you can’t ignore nearly two-thirds of the people who are dying.” Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S.; in 2010, 38,364 people killed themselves. In more than half of these cases, they used firearms.
The article goes on to state the reason guns are the most popular method...others give a person time to change their minds while pulling the trigger makes a decision irreversible.
I think we can all agree, if a person is intent on taking their lives, the availability of a gun will not change their minds, just the method. In case you can't tell, I'm anti-gun control and pro truth.
Oh...and as an afterthought....I googled the amount of Vets who commit suide daily:
With a veteran suicide rate averaging 22 every day, the work to support our nation’s veterans has just begun once they return home. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!! Just because they come home, doesn’t mean we stop supporting them!
Do you suppose these vets are taking their own lives because of the failing economy, the inability to find a job, or the lack of medical care they can receive within a timely manner? I'm pretty sure, that factors into their grim decisions.