Facing a year and half of presidential campaigning and an interminable parade of candidates, among whom none may claim entitlement to the highest office, I need a clear standard by which to vote.
It is a sad fact that we most often elect the candidate who enables us to blame others for our problems, rather than the candidate who inspires us to take responsibility for ourselves.
The right blames our nation's crisis on "foreign" religions and immigrants. Its solution is to bomb Third World villages and close our borders.
The left blames the free market. Its solution is state overcontrol, pouring other peoples' money into federal bureaucracies to provide cradle-to-grave entitlements.
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I am looking for a new kind of politician, one who inspires me to do my best rather than to scapegoat someone else. I will vote for the politics of self-reliance rather than the politics of blame.