Voting for The Pursuit of Happiness


During the Great Recession just before the 2010 midterm elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” 

That’s just one of the reasons why the 2012 election is so important.  The number one priority then and now should be to ensure that every American has the opportunity to responsibly pursue happiness.  Our vote not only influences the course of America for the next four years, but determines its course for years to come.

This election is about Americans accepting that hope and change is in our hands.  The vote for President, Senate, US House of Representatives and in local elections will determine America’s path to prosperity and the choice is too.  And our choices should not be based solely on party affiliation.  It should be based on shared values.  Those values should include making our nation a more inclusive one that makes us a better society.

Voters share one common thing, we have the opportunity to vote for officials who will unite or divide.  My vote will always be for uniting.  That is why President Clinton’s quote at the DNC “America is a better place when we have “shared responsibility, shared opportunity and shared prosperity” appealed to me.

Change is hard when there are those like McConnell who promote politics and power over sound policy.  Our nation’s resolve was challenged during the Great Recession.  Those who are rich, middle class and poor were affected.  The housing market collapsed, the banking industry failed, the auto industry came to a screeching halt.  More importantly people lost jobs and families lost their homes.

Heavy government spending was required to protect our families and American interests.  Now, four years later, we see the auto industry rebounding, the banking industry lending again, the housing market selling and commercial centers popping up all over the country.

That’s why we have to vote smart.  Hope and change are part of the pursuit of happiness.  The Framers of the Constitution knew that.  That’s why they offered hope in the mist of change when they wrote, we are “endowed with certain inalienable rights among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

That’s the greatness and power of the vote.  So when you vote, think about where you want to be two years from now.  Four years from now.  Happiness is a byproduct of the courageous decisions we make sometimes long before we see the product of the decision.  And sometimes those decisions lead us to the greatest joys of tomorrow.  That is beauty of the pursuit of happiness.

Every American will not have the same success.  But every American can vote for people who provide them the best opportunity to pursue success.   Each elector has the power to vote for people they believe will work well with others.  Our number one priority is to elect policy makers who will get and keep America working, strengthen our education system, protect our businesses, secure our borders and make sure every American has the best opportunity to pursue happiness.

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