Monday, April 14, 2008

Finding Truth in our 2008 election insanity

Finding Truth in our 2008 election insanity

By Ken LaRive

This election is special and important. Never before has there been such polarization between liberals and conservatives, so much ‘Bipartisan’ mud slinging, outright lies, bogus information, and left handed complements. It’s also been fifty years since an American election hasn’t had a President or Vice President Incumbent in the race, an important consideration.

We all have ideas about where we should be heading, and what possibilities the world has to offer in these tumulus times. Looking at candidates objectively is a time consuming process, with truth difficult to acquire. Listening to the opposition seems to a thinking man, rather insane at times, and there is fear and apprehension in the quest for truth.

Ronald Reagan said something very profound at the February 15, 1975 Conservative Action Conference that has been printed many times: “A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” If it isn’t found at the heart of our 2008 electoral process; it’s up to you, the voter, to find who will best represent your fundamental core beliefs?

Here are three links sent to me by a friend, and they have been scrutinized by both parties to be unbiased and accurate. They will determine your candidate based on the candidate’s voting record, speeches, and web sites. Very inspiring, and surprisingly most people I have talked to who have taken these tests come away changed, I mean, some have actually changed party affiliations! Amazing, but true...

With just ten or so questions you will be able to see first hand if your ideas are in sink with the candidates, precisely how they differ, and further explore by a simple link, article, candidate web site, and other relevant publications, thus taking the insanity out of the equation.

I felt a great elation taking these tests, and though I didn’t find a candidate to match me 100 percent, at least I know how they stand on the great many very important issues that face us both domestically and on the international front.

I have spent my whole life trying to find that illusive, nebulous metaphor some expound as Truth, and it brings to mind the words of a great man, Marcus Aurelius, who said: "The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."

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