“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”
Eisenhower, Dwight D. 34th president of the United States (1890-1969)
The first ever Democratic caucus was held yesterday. As a result of an e-mail I sent a few weeks ago inquiring where our county caucus would be held, I found myself helping to organize and host it at our local library meeting room. Like most other caucus sites around the state, we were pleasantly surprised by an overflow crowd of citizens who turned out to discuss the issues facing our nation and make their presidential preference known. It was encouraging to hear the genuine concern and heartfelt passion of those who attended. And it was refreshing to see so many local Democrats turn out considering the Republican to Democratic ratio in our state.
My interest in becoming more involved in politics has to be due, in part, to my experiences as a child who often tagged along with mom to political events across the state and nation. My mom first became active on the state level when a high school classmate ran for and won a seat in the legislature. After that, she spent the next twenty years fundraising on the local level, serving on the State Republican Central Committee, attending dinners for candidates, and volunteering to work on various campaigns. I accompanied her on nearly all of those adventures. Probably the two most memorable were the National Republican Women’s Convention in Washington, DC where I met presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and the Nebraska Republican Party Family Camp one summer at Fort Robinson.
As an adult, I came to realize my viewpoints were more in line with the party on the opposite side of the aisle from the one I had grown up with. But I’m sure the example my parents gave me in being involved in the political process has shaped my interest in politics and issues.
If any of you are still undecided about who you will support in the race to lead our country, there are a couple of good web sites that can give you an unbiased idea of which of the candidates from both parties are most closely aligned with your own view of the issues. You can answer a few questions at http://votechooser.com/ or http://cbs2.com/yourcandidate and receive a ranking of how your opinions match up with the candidates views.
Regardless of the outcome of this election, one thing is certain… Jan. 20, 2009 will be a turning point for the future of our country when a new person steps into the role of the all-important, top “decider” person in residence at the White House!