State your presidential voting vows. “I, [state your name], take you [your presidential choice], to be my president, to have and to hold from this day forward (all be it four or eight years), for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death (the term ends) do us part.” With this ballot, I now declare you married to the next president of the United States.
Let’s take a closer look at the vows.
For better or for worse. Who knows! We always hope for the best. We were grateful that George, Abe, and Franklin were at the helm of the ship of state when they were elected. A lot less inspired by the likes of Grover, Herbert or Jimmy. We are always looking for a leader that inspires the American people to greatness. The question here, is it the outsider who has struck a nerve or the ultimate insider who promises more of the same?
For richer, for poorer. In this case the two major party candidates are rich. We speculate how rich the real estate developer is, but don’t know because we haven’t seen the tax returns. But to quote the GOP candidate, “I make a lot of money, trust me, I do.” Who knows? We don’t! The standard bearer of the Democratic party was poor before her husband was in the White House and now makes speeches for Wall Street bankers in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The question isn’t about them as much as it is about us. Will either of them make us richer or poorer? That is the question.
In sickness and in health. Very topical this week. Both candidates are more closely being scrutinized due to Hillary’s postponed pneumonia announcement. Some are asking is their more to this. One just doesn’t know yet. The Donald had produced a doctor’s brief letter (written in five minutes) that stated, “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Wonder what Teddy Roosevelt would say of this? Should the health of the president be our concern when we enter the voting booth? Hillary will be 69 in October and Donald is 70. Combined they are the oldest two major candidates to ever run for president. Does health matter in your decision?
Voters will decide who will run the country; for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. The question is, who is that candidate?
I will end with this quote from Woodrow Wilson, “The President is at liberty, both in law and conscience, to as big a man as he can. His capacity will set the limit.” Let’s hope that on November 8th we marry the candidate with great capacity for both law and conscience.
by Roger Rickard
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