Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Since my declaration for Hillary a few months ago, I've had a change of heart. Listening to both candidates and watching the mood of the land, my concerns are about changing Washington, getting more voters to take an active role in the running of country, and sending a clear message in the national election.

The message is simple. We need leadership that will move our country beyond partisan bickering and posturing. We don't need to win anything; we need to find the best solutions to our present problems and future needs. We need people in Washington and in Salem who can listen to their constituents and who can talk to each other. We are all in this together.

To solve our energy problems or any other problem we need enlightned people who do not threaten to veto, filibuster or strike if they do not get their way. We need people who roll up their sleeves, use uniting language and continue to live up to their principles.

Democracy does not work if the nation fights like the McCoys and the Hatfields. Democracy works when not even one person's interests are left out of the discussion; when rich and poor, rural and urban, natives and immigrants all work in good faith to solve problems; when our Constitution is supported by all three branches of government; when an elected official acts for the entire nation's welfare rather than for the people that paid for his election.

Obama has the right tone and the right perspective to lead us into a new dialogue. I will vote for him.

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