By Alden L. Benton
Upon his inauguration in 1961, John F. Kennedy asked us to “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
Kennedy posed this question to the American people, but in 2011, it is a question we must ask of every man and woman running for the Republican nomination for president.
So far, in this campaign, and in the televised debates, answers to this question have been glaringly absent. All we are hearing is eight people throwing bottles and bricks at one another, accusing each other of bad decisions, bad policies, and misspeaks.
A friend of mine says the Republican candidates are campaigning like Democrats; attacking each other personally, speaking lies and half-truths, and smearing their opponent(s).
Here is my message to all the Republican candidates vying for the nomination: Stop fighting with each other and tell me why you are the best person for the job. You are all on the same side — Obama is the enemy!
What do YOU stand for?
What will YOU do to save America?
Where do YOU stand on the key issues facing us in the second decade of the 21st century?
This is the information we need in order to choose the candidate to defeat Obama and set the country back on course to greatness.
Fighting among yourselves and sniping at each other only serves to weaken you, and the conservative crusade to rid the nation of the curse of Obama.
Only in unity can we prevail.
To unseat a president, even an unpopular one, is a formidable task. Because of the gravity of that task, we must carefully choose the opponent to face Obama in next year’s elections.
We cannot make an informed choice without good information and that information cannot be had if all the candidates do is point their fingers at each other, scold each other, and call each other names.
Grow up and give us what we need: a solid conservative candidate with fundamentally sound ideas to rebuild America and exile Obama and his cronies from power.
In the 1980 presidential debate, candidate Ronald Reagan closed by asking Americans a question we must ask ourselves once again in 2012:
“Next Tuesday is Election Day. Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions yes, why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don’t agree, if you don’t think that this course that we’ve been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have.”
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