“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

August 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

In a message for American Education week, on September 27th, 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt reflected on something that is very prevalent in our present day.

As we all know, we are in an election year, and boy has it been a doozy. Mostly a knockout, drag out battle since the beginning no matter what side you are one, it would seem the perfect presidential candidate is far from sight.

But why is this? Where is the unity? Where is the vision?

Debate after debate, speech after speech, what have we learned about each candidate’s stance, besides how much they dislike their opposing candidates? I am afraid not much. Whether it be climate change, civil rights, or overseas relations, all we have seemed to learn is how not to handle classified emails and incite a fear of others within our country. Fingers are being pointed instead of hands being extended in greeting or friendship. Instead of finding commonalities we have managed to point out differences.

It’s been such an extravagant show, that our neighbors overseas have been either finding humor in our situation or fear of what may happen. Especially since some of those neighbors have a stake in what the outcome will be.

No matter the candidate, no matter your political denomination, it is important to be educated in not only who the candidate really is, but what they stand for and who they stand with. Try not to focus on man vs. woman, blue vs. red, and consider who might actually be the best fit, morally and ethically, to lead our country.

This will require some extra homework, class. Yup, that means not only getting your information from one television or radio station, and exploring other venues of CREDIBLE information.

I believe it was valiant of Mr. Roosevelt to encourage his constituents to investigate their choices and educate themselves on the issues at hand and how each candidate was planning to handle them.

So, in the spirit of the election season, please do yourself, your family, your friends, and your country a service and make an educated choice this November. Choose who YOU believe in and decide what is best for our nation and its people.

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