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Monday, November 29, 2021  

Nurses and PoliticsPublished 10/11/2004

I am currently very interested in politics. I have never been politically well educated and never really known more than just the basic facts about candidates for election. This is an important time in our country and the political climate is rising. This is a presidential election year and things are getting really wild.

I know that everyone has an opinion about the candidates and everyone has their own reasons for voting for those candidates. I am not attempting to sway anyone’s vote or even pick a candidate at this time. I would like for everyone to try to become somewhat enlightened about who the candidates are what their policies are, and what they are really going to do for the country if elected. There are two presidential debates scheduled for this month. The first debate Oct. 8th will be a town hall format with Q&A. the debate on Oct 13th will focus on the economy.

I have voted for presidential elections every 4 years like clockwork. In the past I never really cared about local elections I figured let someone else choose. This year with the war in Iraq and all of the issues surrounding the presidential election I have finally started to try to do my homework on the issues. This is a very troubling time in our country and unfortunately it is no where near over. We will most likely inhabit Iraq for several years to come. We are sending reservists from all over the United States to serve as frontline troops. Our brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles people that have a willingness to serve their country and pride in serving but never believed it would put them on the frontline of a war zone.

I am going to ask you all to take an active interest in the upcoming election. I would like to see more educated people become more educated about the issues. I would like for everyone to feel the seriousness of this situation. I would like for all of us to take the time to investigate what the realities of our government are. I feel that it is time for all of us to come forward in the process and be counted. Now more than ever we need people to understand what is really happening in the world and make a difference in the outcome.

I am not going to push republican or democratic views. I am not going to discuss the candidates. I am not going to attempt to sway anyone one way or the other. What I do want to do is incite you all to thought. To make it your desire to learn more about what is going on. Take this opportunity to get involved and find out what is going on and why and what can be changed. Find answers to questions surrounding the issues that are currently plaguing our country and make a difference in the outcome.

I would like to add a few quotes from people that helped make America what it is today. "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." (Abraham Lincoln) "Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war." (General George Patton) "Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half." (Gore Vidal) "He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent which will reach to himself." (Thomas Paine) "Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ’Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) "To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain." (Louis L’Amour)

In closing let me just say that we as a nation must become one again. We must decide to back our leaders and break the cycle of separation. I am not encouraging anyone to vote either way but just to VOTE!

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