Well, it has begun: "The 2004 Race for the White House," or perhaps more accurately, "The Battle for the White House."
We will be called upon as citizens to exercise our sacred duty and our greatest privilege, that of voting for the next president of the United States. Sadly, many will ignore this opportunity. For those intelligent and responsible enough to cast their ballots in November, there are some considerations to ponder.
Listening to the media about the state of the world and America, economically, environmentally and politically, it is difficult not to become discouraged and want to throw up our hands and dismiss the whole matter. But we do so at our peril.
Our collective decision affects the future direction of our country, all humankind and our planet.
The issues are complex, but there are indicators to look for that might help us make an informed decision.
We can listen to a candidate and try to determine his true intentions by looking at what he has actually done and what he has actively supported. Are the candidate's words and actions congruent, do they match? What do they imply about his view of the world and how he sees America's place in it? Watching and listening carefully can help us learn whether he seeks short term gains for himself and his supporters or the long term good for all. Will the course of action the candidate proposes serve us now and in the future?
All of us will come down on various sides of the great debate about the future and who should lead us. But make your choice consciously.
If we are willing to make the effort to discern the motives of those seeking our highest office, we will, perhaps, also learn more about ourselves and where we stand. Who best, for you, personifies your ideals?
What is required of us is to "do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God." If you can choose your candidate on these grounds, you can rest in the knowledge that have done your best and leave the outcome to whatever Higher Power you believe in.
Marilyn Abbas, Payson