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Do Americans vote blindfolded? Or with closed minds?

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There is a saying, "None are so blind as those who will not see."

We are on the verge of another election; actually two elections. This year many will be looking at races in their own states – governor, state representatives; but also on a national level, US Senators and Congressmen/women.

However, come two more years and the nation will be looking to elect a new president and vice president. And from the street level, most feel it is time. Time to stop voting for all the “gimmies” and perks we hope to gain for ourselves and look to the good or our nation.

The question that every voter should be asking themselves is, “What is best for my country?" John F. Kennedy made that famous statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you; but rather ask what you can do for your country.”

The best thing you can do for your country is to vote for your country; with an educated vote.

We have a saying here in Atlanta, Georgia: “Never buy a pig- in- a -poke.”

Not to be confused with Sarah Palin’s famous quote about the lipstick on a pig. Why should anyone be afraid to buy a pig-in-a-poke? The Number one question should be: "Why is it in the poke? And what are they hiding? Number two, “Buyer beware is the best way to go.” Number three, “When you buy it, you are stuck with it. Number four, “It might not even be a pig; if you can’t see it. It might be a dog.”

For far too many years, voters have been doing just that when it came to electing a president. Far too many citizens vote with little (or no knowledge) about who they are actually voting for. Then when the poke (bag) is opened – there you are. You’ve got what you got.

There are major elections looming upon us sooner that we realize. The campaign fires are beginning to flame up; and a few have died out. We see people on TV - and we hear them make the same old tired promises – but we don’t investigate those who are seeking the most powerful office in the world. We just listen to the pundits and go from there.

Sadly, so many vote for their own personal gain. And once they get on board with a candidate, they put a blindfold around their eyes and poke both fingers in their ears. But worse of all they close their minds; and they fail to decipher between fact and fiction.

So many people vote for a “candidate-in-a-poke,” then later down the road a ways when they see what they got - they are surprised. They shouldn’t be.

Woe is me – walk the floor – wring my hands – shake my head – throw the dice or just stay home on Election Day 2014 and 2016?

Far too many voters continue down the same road when they know it is the road to nowhere; by voting for old previous prejudices.

I am white so I should vote for only white people
I am black so I should only vote for black folks
I am Christian so I should only vote for Christians
I am an atheist so I should only vote for atheists
I am gay so I should only vote for gays
I am straight so I should only vote for straights
I am Catholic so I should only vote for Catholics
I am Protestant so I should only vote for them
I am a Communist so I should only vote for them
I am female so I should only vote for them
I am male so I should only vote for them.
I am a parent so I should only for those with children
I am in the union so I should only vote for those who support unions
I hate the unions so I should vote for those against them.
I am a Progressive so I should only vote for them.
I am in a red state so I should vote accordingly
I am in a blue state so I should vote accordingly
My folks were Democrat so I should vote for them
My folks were Republican so I should vote for them
I have green eyes so I should only vote for them
I have an Irish background so I should vote accordingly
I have a German background so I should vote accordingly
I am a Muslim so I should only vote for them.
I watch CNN so I should vote like they say
I watch Fox News so I should vote like they say
I hate Ann Coulter so I should vote against whoever she is for
I hate Sean Sanity so I should vote against whoever he is for
I hate Wolf Blitzer so I should vote against whoever he is for

Not only are we still blessed to live in a country where the people decide who their leaders will be; but the privilege of voting is something that our forefathers died for; and it is what our soldiers are still dying for.

Some citizens will sit back and say that they don’t vote at all for some unreasonable reason like, “They are all crooks, why should I vote for any of them?” Perhaps your vote would help to throw at least one “crook” out of office.

“I don’t know anything about those running!” There is still time to learn: Read, watch TV, Google, and listen to what others are saying and THEN make up your OWN mind.

We can no longer afford to vote for a leader other than for the fact they are the best for the whole country; and not just special groups. Our nation was founded on the Constitution and that has worked for a long time. Don’t be blindsided by those who think they know more than those God-inspired founders. Prepare by learning more about Your Constitution.

Who are those who vote blindfolded, you say? Perhaps you? Do you vote because of the economy, because of the union, because of the color of someone’s skin, or do you vote for leaders who have the capability to actually lead.

There was a time when our elected officials were known as statesmen not politicians. Don’t you just hate that word politician?

Defined by Webster, a statesman is: “One versed in the principles or art of government; especially one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies; a wise, skillful, and respected political leader.”

Over the last decade, we have all heard that the present election might be the most important election of our lives; and each one seems to have been that important. But here we are again…saying the same thing once again. But this could be the most important election in the history of this nation.

Remember, if you keep doing the same thing over and over, you get the same results. It is time we did something different to get different results.

No one is perfect and no one single person can lead our nation back from the brink of disaster.

We need leaders that are for the common good of our nation; and not individuals who love the limelight, who has to have things their own way (right or wrong), but most of all we need leaders who truly represent the people and not themselves.

A good American leader will vote the will of the people even it is it not their own personal preference. They represent all the people and not themselves and their own special interest groups or agendas.

If Obamacare had been put to the people for a vote; it would be non-existent. Believe it or not, there are some pretty smart people who just work for a living at making America better day by day.

Everybody is willing to talk; but few are willing to walk the walk. Some may think all they have to do is vote; and that is it. Voting is what it is all about; but we must be sure of what we are voting for.

The single best thing you can do is to be an informed, dedicated voter; one who sets aside their own personal petty desires for the good of all Americans.

First step: Make sure you are registered to vote. Primaries have been moved back to May rather than July. Less time – get moving.

Check the 2014 U.S. ELECTION CALENDAR regarding primary dates in your state. Here in Georgia it is May 20, 2014.

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