Are we there yet? These were the pleas of our daughters when we, on Saturday mornings of home games, started out at 6 a.m. to make sure to make it to Clemson by their noon kickoff.
Our reply would always be the same: “Almost,” even though we had barely left the driveway of our home. The children would happily get out their books and their crayons and settle down. They also played a game of who could count the most horses, cows and pigs on “their” side of the car, while looking out of the car windows. They would, invariably, get into heated debates over who actually won.
So why do I relate this story after so many years and at this crucial time in our nation’s history? Purely, because I think it is a true analogy of the agonies, deceits, falsehoods and name-calling we have witnessed, ad nauseum, during the past four years. We are tired of umpteen debates, rehashing the views of the politicians and not in the least the media commentators, who insist on telling us what they actually said.
Our political system needs an overhaul. The voters are sick and tired of promises, rhetoric and the millions of dollars spent on getting their chosen candidates in office, only to be disillusioned by their performances, should they win.
We need leaders who have had success in the business world, and who have a proven record of dealing with the public in all walks of life. We do not need pie-in-the-sky dreamers.
As a concerned citizen, and longtime Republican, I strongly support the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket and Tom Rice for Congress. These candidates have the qualifications and proven records of strong leadership and business acumen. They will bring us outstanding representation in Washington.
Are we there yet? Yes, we are! Most American voters are honest, intelligent, and God-fearing people, who hopefully will stream to the polls on Nov. 6 to help us turn our great country around. This will undoubtedly be one of the most important elections in our history, both nationally and on the local level.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.