This election year and next will define the direction this nation should take for its future. It is imperative, that we the voters correctly choose leadership, not based on the grounds of one’s political loyalty, religion, intolerance, or ignorance of facts, but whose policies best fit our nation. This country hasn’t been this divided since the pre-Civil War era.
Two major elements of this division being the sudden intrusion of political extremists slowly desecrating the fabric of democracy, and the Citizens United ruling. In addition we must turn away from biased radio and television talking heads, unbalanced news networks, but most importantly, away from our own prejudices. Instead, we must investigate for ourselves, compiling facts, truths, and numbers which help our selection process. We must choose the candidates who’ll fight for, defend, and rebuild the middle class, help the poor, fight for women’s rights for equal pay and birth control, fight against voter suppression measures, a veiled attempt to deprive the right to vote, continue to improve upon health care reform, reform the tax codes so that everyone pays their fair share, reinvest in education, clean energy, and rebuild the infrastructure of this nation, eliminate Big Oil, Wall Street and corporate welfare and entitlements, fair cap and trade policy, and fight job outsourcing. His loyalty must be to the citizens first and foremost, not to special interest groups or his political party! He must have character, Biblical standards, transparency of his past and present, and embrace diversity!