For me, the election is a choice between the arrogance of No Apology or the optimism of The Audacity of Hope.
You could choose a man who was born into privilege and has dedicated his life to expanding his personal wealth. A successful businessman, he makes no apologies for his necessary ruthlessness: “I like firing people.” Nor does he apologize for his flip-flop from pro-choice to pro-life. “I changed my position,” he blithely explained.
He did make a halfhearted apology for hazing a homosexual classmate in prep school, but none for his “stance” on health care. Though “ObamaCare” was modeled after his Massachusetts health care plan, he has vowed to repeal the national bill, except for the provisions he now supports. That’s arrogance without substance.
Or you could choose a man who rose from humble beginnings and, through hard work and determination, earned degrees from two prestigious institutions, and then chose, instead of a lucrative law career, to serve first his community, then his state, and finally his country. When he became president, Barack Obama also became a living example of the American dream and succeeded — despite all odds. Just as President Obama’s life exemplifies the audacity of hope, his presidential record reflects his commitment to support the success of all Americans.
Your choice. Make it wisely.
Melinda Swezey Tomsic
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