By Nick Lednicky
Eagle Editorial Board
For the first time in four years, seniors this year will be able to vote in the presidential election of the United States. The two candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, obviously have sharply contrasting views over certain subjects, both specific and broad.
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I will not delve into the specifics of issues for several reasons. First and most importantly, these issues are so complex and sophisticated, I cannot accurately convey the differing viewpoints of the candidates in such a short amount of space. Second, many young people look at cursory examinations of issues and jump to conclusions, and that is fruitless.
Rather, I will develop a quick persuasion of the more deeply-rooted fundamental philosophical implications of the candidate’s general platforms.
Being a proud close-follower of politics in the United States over the last four years, I have developed what I believe to be a fairly accurate portrayal of Barack Obama. I cannot dispute that he is a mostly charming, intelligent and sociable guy. Outside of that, I have few compliments to pay him.
In my opinion, Barack Obama stands for a economically, politically and socially weakened America. His policies, which, again, I will not delve into, have an overarching theme of trusting the hand of government over the probity and hard work of the American people. President Obama seems to think that the government knows better than the people, and I am a firm believer that that is absolutely false.
This theme extends beyond the domestic economic realm, however; it is present in the President’s portrayal of the American people to foreign countries and in his decisions regarding social issues.
In short, I believe that President Obama stands for a policy of the people relying on the government instead of on themselves.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, stands for a strong America that yields to no other country, and more importantly, believes in the great American people. Governor Romney more adheres himself to what I believe to be the intention of the Founding Fathers of this great country and has a more concise goal of maintaining American superiority.
Call it ignorant, but I think that the United States is, and always should be, the greatest country on the planet (that used to be called patriotism, right?).
I think that Governor Romney’s overarching philosophy on leading America is a reliance on the hard work and dependability of the American people. He believes in the strength of the people instead of the strength of the government.
I believe that this strong, faithful leadership is what is needed for an America that is beginning to waiver in strength in the international spotlight due to increased reliance on foreign money and a decrease in the American resistance to fight terrorism.
Every presidential election in the United States has high stakes – we are choosing who the most powerful man in the free world will be. But I think that this election is a particularly important touchpoint for American society.
The threat of degradation of American dominance is not one-dimensional; we face the threat of being downgraded in social liberties, economic freedom, and international prominence.