Friday, October 31, 2008

No President rules my life.

People get so worked up when the presidential elections roll around. It affects some people physically. They pour over the news and polls and stories, they obsess. They think that the person who they want to win will change their life and the other guy will ruin it.

I remember when I was a kid around 7 years old, when Carter imposed a grain embargo. My family farmed and still does farm for a living. I don't remember much from age 7 but that day I remember like yesterday because I can still see how upset my Mom and Dad were sitting in front of the TV when it was announced. They didn't say much, they didn't have to. I could not tell you if the embargo affected our income that year or not. They never let it show. We still had clothes, food and still went on vacation (which was a big thing for us kids). I am sure if it did affect us, that Mom and Dad did what they always did and still do, work harder to make up. We made it through.

The first presidential election I voted in was 1992 and I haven't missed one since. I don' t think I have missed any opportunities to vote. I have lived and worked through Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, and W. Bush. As a result of MY hard work, I have a house and two funeral homes, along with a great wife and four wonderful kids, one of which is not with us anymore.

Regardless of who the President was I continued to improve my life. None of them had a role in that. I honestly don't think any of the last four Presidents created either a obstacle or opportunity for me directly or indirectly. Sure I know who I am voting for next week and I hope he wins but either way I still have a job to do and a family to care for and neither of them are going to help me with that and I don't want either of them to.

I encourage everyone to vote. It is vitally important that you do that. The thing to remember is, there is only one person who can truly improve your life or make it worse. That person is not the President of the United States.

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