Do you remember your first real friend?
What was it that brought you together? Most likely it was the similarities between you. You probably both enjoyed riding skateboards, or jumping rope, having deep discussions about life, or laughing at things that you both found humorous. Most likely you were on the same wavelength ?, had similar ideas and beliefs, and agreed on many if not most issues.
When you became an adult, did anything about that change? For me, it has a little bit. I have friends who are different sides of the spectrum politically, religiously, and philosophically probably more than I did as a younger person. I can appreciate our differences more now, respect their opinions (and hope they respect mine!), and agree to disagree about issues that we differ on.
In the news the past several days, the presidential campaign has taken an especially negative tone. A few days ago, I didn ?t think I really liked either candidate and now I know I don ?t like either one. They have both had close associations even friendships that admittedly give me pause. So my question is: How much do the friendships and associates of political candidates matter to you?
To me, it does say something about the judgment of a person if they choose to associate with individuals who are criminals, morally degenerate, or unpatriotic. I want my president to be someone who associates with people who are honest, who believe in God, who obey the law, and love their country. I would say that both McCain and Obama have associates and even friends who are questionable. It does bother me that even though McCain was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Keating scandal, he made a choice to associate with someone who did not have the best interest of Americans in mind. It bothers me that Obama chose to worship for 20 years under a leader (and mentor ?) who gave some of the most hate-filled speeches I ?ve ever heard.
For either McCain or Obama to claim that they didn ?t know what these people were about doesn ?t hold water to me. Then again, I ?m really sick of hearing about it all. What I really want to hear tonight at the debate is what each candidate has to offer our country as they seek the highest office in the land. Instead of focusing on what the other person has done wrong (and both of them have done plenty of that in my opinion), focus on what you are going to do right!
I won ?t be holding my breath.