Well, this seems to be one of the more peculiar years in a presidential race history. I find it all very interesting, and hope everything turns out in the best interest of our country. I have no desire through this blog to endorse a candidate or try to persuade anyone based on my own political passions. I just had a thought the other day that was worth voicing.
I’m sure you have heard about the FEMA Trailer fiasco on the southern coast. After Hurricane Catrina and all the damage, one of the solutions was to house people in trailers so they could come back home and pull their lives back together. So many were just leaving and staying gone, which would have been my course of action. Seeing that nothing major has changed has only solidified my position on that. By the way, when it happened we opened our facility and took several families from new orleans in for about six months, so we have some first hand experience with the situation.
First we all know how long it took for help to come in the first place, which is rather frightening for everyone in the united states. Do I believe the slow response was racially motivated? No. Do I believe it was all Gearge Bushes Fault? No. I believe it was poor planning on the Mayor, Govener and federal Government part, of which our president is a part. Not to mention the local corruption.
The bottom line is that is what beuracracy gets us. Slow response times, bad decisions, complicated issues. There is nothing simple about it.
Now, back to the trailers. These trailers were mass produced to house as many people as they could while things are being rebuilt. A year and half ago, a report came out, where many of the people in these trailers were complaining that they and their children were getting sick, and having headaches, and they thought it was because of the trailers. Now that sounds far fetched, and I can see someone saying, “no, how could it be the trailers?’ but recently a year and half later, they send a specialist in and find that the way the trailer were made, and i cant remember at the moment what element it was that caused the problem but something in the construction of those trailers was making people sick, and “now, we have to get all these people out of the trailers and get them another place to stay.” 35,000 trailers by the way.
So what’s my point exactly? And how does it relate to the election or politics. Here is how, we need to know the policies of the people running. We are naive when we think the President, and I mean any president, is making all the decisions, and influencing all the policy. There are three branches of Government, and they all inform our lives.
So we need to know what the candidates think about specific things and do we agree? So, still, how does that relate to this. We have big government candidates. People who want to socialize health care, which a little research of nations who have it will enlighten us to the enormous problems with it. My point is, do we want the system that took so long to respond to Katrina, and then took so long to respond to their own mistake, with the trailers, and still have not created a good solution in New Orleans and the coast, do we want that system to be our health care system.
Do I believe that everyone should have health care available to them? Yes. Do I believe that the corruption in the health care system, and the insurance companies, and the legal system should be addressed and dealt with because of their appearent unholy allience held together by greed? Yes.
I believe there are ways to deal with this and I believe that everyone should have access to health care, and there are ways for the govt to help make that happen.
Lets be honest with ourselves however and look at the operations of many things the government takes on versus the private sector and as far as being successful is concerned there is no comparison. Lets be careful that in our compassion we come up with the best solutions, and beuricratic, govermnet controlled, government being the answer to all lives problems, has never, will never, and can never work effectively.
Just some thoughts I’m having. There is something to like and something to hate with every candidate, thats why we should base our decisions on principles, values, and Record. Things that are fact, and final. What people say can and will change in the course of political battle, that is the nature of the beast.
I have interest in what the candidates think about injustice, and how they propose to change things, and so far, I haven’t heard anything new, or anything at all. We need to help others and we need to provide for those who need provisions, while empowering them to learn to provide for themselves. There are organizations that can do this, and are, but where do our candidates stand really?
So Just think Long and hard, not with the passion of personality, or the enflamed partisan view point, but with our brains and our hearts, and in my case much prayer, research and consideration, and remember there is more to vote for than the president. Lets make the goverment take responsabillity but not be our answer for everything.