After taking some time to review the blog from my previous post, there are times when the world can slow down and regain focus on issues that just should not be forgotten.
I'd rather not put up a morose post right before I head to bed, but I really do want people to snap out of it and pay attention. We've got a monumental opportunity to instigate change this upcoming November, and the responsibility should not be taken lightly. I've picked my candidate out, but that's not what this is about. More things are riding on the line this next election that should transcend the usual political dribble that is fed to the public. It is up to the public to get out there and research the positions themselves. Don't rely on what is being drilled into your head by endless campaign adds. Take a stand and, gasp, read up on the current debate about issues that you feel are relevant to the world you want to live in and the country you'd like to see the US become. If anything else, just don't be a single issue voter. If we as the public treat elections as one-dimensional, that's what we are going to get in return, a shallow system that will look to pull a fast one when it can, because honestly, people are barely paying attention anyways.
Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan right now are standing up to answer the call of duty that was put out in front of them. Its a job, and they signed up to do it. At least give them the honor of taking your civic duty seriously, and do some homework. If you have any excuse for why you don't spend the time doing that, just take a look at what each solider's day in Iraq has the potential of looking like at this blog (warning: graphic depictions of war are displayed in this post)
Suicide Bombing in Anbar - Eye Witness Account - Iraq War Photographer Diary - Graphic Images
For me, it provides for me a weight to balance what the true cost of this war is really like. I can't even imagine what life is like out there. But this blog posting brings into focus one of the many things that hang in the balance this upcoming November. You have the right to pick any candidate out there from Obama, McCain, Barr, Nader, or anyone else. Just be sure you have a researched list of reasons why, and I'm afraid historic landmarks just aren't enough this time. It is the very least you can do.