From the Editor’s Desk – September 17

I recently checked out a book from the library, titled “State by State.” It was series of essays, one on each state of the union.
I began reading; Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, you get the drift. Each of the authors chosen to write the essay complained about the state’s accomplishments being “built on the backs of the oppressed,” or pointedly remarked on every environmental or social ill they could find in that particular state.
While I don’t expect sugar-coating, I could detect no pride or love for the state about which they wrote - or for that matter - for this nation of 50 unique, and yet united, states. I sadly gave up midway through Connecticut and returned the book.
Which brings me to my point. This is the greatest nation ever conceived, offering not guarantees, but opportunities to anyone. It matters not their color, their nationality or their religion. That doesn’t mean there has not been evil done in this land, nor does it mean that evil does not still and will exist.
We are less than two months away from choosing the man who will lead this nation for the next four years, along with the congress which will set the agenda and policy. Love of this great nation should play the biggest role as voters make their decisions.
Before entering that voting booth on November 6, consider the nation as a whole and what you fully believe is the best path for you, your children, grandchildren and beyond.
This fall’s election is not business as usual.
In the past, it often made little difference who the chief executive was. Now, this great nation is on the cusp. The national debt is out of sight and the economy is weak. There are still grave threats from abroad, both economically and militarily.
I cannot recall an election in which two such diametrically opposed philosophies were center stage.
One philosophy has greater government control as its hallmark. The belief that government is where we need to turn for every need and control.
The other philosophy calls for smaller government, less spending and government control.
Don’t be distracted by the side issues, they are meant to do just that, distract. Focus, think and pray if that is on your heart, about what the future of this nation should be to make life for every citizen closer to the promises laid out in the Constitution which begins:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”
Then, cast your vote solemnly and proudly.

Rick Cohler