Freedom to Choose
The backbone of American democracy is self-government, which means that citizens have a sacred responsibility to choose leaders wisely. While all of our choices of leaders are important, none is more important than the vote we cast for President of the United States.
When we cast our vote we are selecting an individual who will have more power than anyone in the world. He/she will lead the most powerful nation on earth with responsibilitiy for the activities of four million employees and a budget of nearly two trillion dollars.
The person we select as President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress, and the recruitment, selection and management of individuals to lead fifteen executive departments and fifty independent federal commissions. In addition, the president is required to identify and appoint federal judges, ambassadors and heads of other federal offices.
It is difficult to imagine picking anyone for this awesome responsibility who is not a proven leader with a track record of selecting and providing direction to other outstanding leaders. Someone with vision and the ability to inspire and motivate others and the self-discipline to manage relationships with other world leaders.
My friend, Rand Lennox, recently made this point: “If you voted for Obama because he is black or plan to vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, or Marco Rubio because he is Latino, or a Democrat because he is a Democrat, or a Republican because he is a Republican, you are not honestly and faithfully executing the most critical duty you have as a citizen, which is to elect the person who is best for the country.”
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