With our nation's presidential election coming up in two months, there is a lot to ponder. By now, we're pretty much all sick of the political ads coming at us from every direction--on the radio, on TV and on signs hoisted everywhere we look.
And of course, every time a presidential election comes along, we hear about how it's "the most important election ever," how "important it is that we vote this time" and how "this election will impact the future," etc.
I know I'm going to sound like Chicken Little when I say this, but please trust me. I have been following the political scene (as I hope you have) for many years, and I have never in my life experienced an election so serious, so important to the future and so game changing.
On Nov. 7 of this year, Americans will wake up to one of two possibilities:
1. We will have a president who has no power to accomplish anything, because the opposing party will have enough members to again obstruct anything he proposes. This would be potentially disastrous.
2. We will have a president (Republican or Democrat) who finally has the power to get things moving in America, because his party now has enough power to overrule any minority obstructions.
Even if the candidate I favor does not win this election, I am hoping for option number 2. Our country cannot survive four more years of the "same old, same old" hating, bickering and power struggling that has been happening for the past four years. I think we can agree on that, no matter which party you feel has been responsible.
No matter who the next president is, the most important thing that must happen is that he get things done, utilizing his own agenda and philosophy, and tries to get America moving again in one direction or the other. Moving water leads to somewhere. Stagnant water only pollutes everything it surrounds.
If that happens, he and his party will be totally responsible for the "America of Tomorrow."
Whether they take credit for its success or assume the blame for its failure, the finger pointing has to end, and real progress must be made.
This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui for over 11 years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org