A letter to my future children about why I'm voting for Gov. Mitt Romney
To my future children and their generation,
Three months ago, the world celebrated the Olympics in London. Team USA won 102 medals, 44 gold and 29 silver and bronze, respectively. The passion, diligence and sacrifice displayed by each and every athlete brought tears of joy and pride as we cheered them on. When I attended the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in August with over 20,000 others, many of us blogged and tweeted pictures and excerpts of the speeches given by the party's prominent leaders and rising stars. Just like I was proud to be American at the Olympics several months ago, I felt that pride as I was reminded that America is exceptional because she stands for freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brought tears to my eyes when she said: "When the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history. That is the true basis of American Exceptionalism. The essence of America–that which really unites us—is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion–it is an idea—and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn't matter where you came from but where you are going."
It troubles me to see freedom-loving nations--including my beloved America--being threatened by tyrannical and evil governments of this world. Thousands of miles away, innocent victims are suffering from the ongoing social unrest and civil war in Syria, thus making it a destabilizing force in the Middle East that may trigger a full out war in that region which may bring America and her allies into global conflict. In Europe, countries such as Greece, Spain, Italy, and Portugal are plagued with massive financial debt, a poor economy, high unemployment and limited opportunity for their people. Throughout various countries in Africa and Asia, Christian persecution has become common practice with no end in sight. Many Christians are being raped, tortured or killed because of their faith.
When peace is disrupted, or a nation has been struck by a natural disaster or innocent people are being oppressed, they look to America for support and relief because our compassion triggers us to do something. Over the last few years though, our economic, educational, social, cultural and military might has been waning and our position as leaders of the free world has been threatened. Under the current Obama administration, America's debt is at 16 trillion and growing, we are struggling with an unemployment rate of almost 8% and are facing massive budget cuts against military spending. 46 million Americans are on food stamps and middle-class taxpayers are still hurting. For many small business owners and entrepreneurs, the idea of "The American Dream" has become more difficult to achieve.
Socially, our world has gone amok because possessing human values, morals or a code of ethics are no longer protected or even cherished--but, instead they are ridiculed or castigated. When America produces great athletes and role models such as Olympian winner Gabby Douglas, or NFL player Tim Tebow and others, the mainstream liberal media ridicules them and glorifies the immoral, vulgar celebrities instead. Values such as decency, respect, integrity, character and honesty are becoming a thing of the past day by day.
Unfortunately, we have a large, uneducated population in America unaware of its history, its present or its future. When we look to a country's future, we look up to the next generation in line and unfortunately for many in "Generation Y" their futures are unpromising due to the curent political, financial and economic circumstances. By ignoring principles of accountability, responsibility, dignity and character--many adults have become weak and those values are being passed along to their children. This is why older generations, including my own, complain and criticize young Americans for being so entitled, selfish and empty.
In order to be great again, we must remind ourselves that we live on the greatest (not perfect) land God gave to mankind. Although problems do exist, the only way to fix them is to learn and never forget our history of being an independent, free and prosperous nation and people. My plea to all Americans is that this election is not a matter of being a Republican or a Democrat--it's about being a patriot and doing what's best for our country and for the generations to come. Rest assured, come Tuesday I will place all my intellect, my common sense and my faith to vote for the candidate who encompasses the character, the leadership, and the business experience to make America great again--Governor Mitt Romney.
With so much love and wanting the best for you,
Your future mother