Countdown to the Iowa caucuses

Republican candidates are preparing for the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 by attempting to expose each other’s weaknesses. However, through the several debates that have already been held and the ridiculous commercials that have aired, they are also doing it to themselves.

Though Ron Paul has a strong following, he says in his recent commercial that he promises to cut $1 trillion from America’s budget the first year he is in office. Paul said he will do that by “eliminating five cabinet departments (Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education), abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and returning responsibility for security to private property owners, abolishing corporate subsidies, stopping foreign aid, ending foreign wars, and returning most other spending to 2006 levels.”

Really? End the Department of Education? Yeah, that’s a  smart move.

And how about Mitt Romney? His “$10,000 bet”  to Rick Perry during a debate at Drake University in Des Moines caused a Twitter outbreak that immediately set him up for criticism from all sides. Many Iowans took offense to it, reminding them that many politicians live in a much higher income bracket than the average person, Many Iowans came forward after the debate and said they wondered if Romney even understands the plight of many Americans, who are still out of work or can’t pay their medical bills.

And let’s not forget Perry, whose outrageous commercials paint the picture of an arrogant and extremely conservative man; who thinks that changing the Constitution and making gay marriage and abortion illegal in all U.S. territories is going to fix what’s wrong with the country. What America sees is another man who is all talk and doesn’t seem to really care about what the American people want.

Then there’s Newt Gingrich. He had an affair with his current wife, Callista Bisek, in the 1990s. And though people do make mistakes, and he said that he has asked God for forgiveness, shouldn’t we be just a little worried? Just because he didn’t try to cover it up, it does not make him a righteous man. Do we really want someone in the White House who would cheat on his wife? What does that say about his morals?


This race is already becoming a circus and we’re running out of respectable candidates.

Maybe the solution isn’t looking for someone else to run the country. Maybe the solution lies in putting our faith in the man who is already in office and giving support to what he can do for us at the present moment. Listening to the Republican candidates talk about what they “could” do doesn’t help us much now. One of the reasons that nothing seems to be getting done in America is that the Republicans are putting all their efforts and energy elsewhere, when they should be helping the president put this country back into shape.

Think about it. It’s like looking at four stooges running around, slapping each other, and making each other look ridiculous.

Instead of giving them our attention, we should be thinking about what needs to be done right now.

Too good to be true

Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution. The Governor of Texas announced his candidacy for president a few weeks ago, going up against Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and many others.

When Perry was first introduced as a candidate, the media painted a pretty picture of a God-Loving, charismatic man who wanted to do something good for our great country. But once again, it is too good to be true.

Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution. I think it takes a lot of guts to even suggest something that drastic. And maybe it should be looked at, but is it really a smart way to start a campaign for the presidency of the United States?

If we look at the article that this statement appears in, we can see that some of the changes are drastic. According to Chris Moody, Perry not only wants to abolish taxes and limit terms and power to judges, he also wants to make abortion and gay marriage illegal in all 50 states.

A bit extreme?

Many people think so. Comments from this article range from agreeing with him to calling his an idiot and a hypocrite. One even person pointed out that those things he is now against he once voted on to keep.

Yes, I admit that when he first came into the spotlight there was hope that maybe this man could do wonders for our country, but I have since changed my mind. I don’t want someone as my president who is so extreme and closed-minded that he wouldn’t listen to what the people want. He is doing what so many other candidates are doing; only thinking of himself and how he thinks the country should be run. Has anyone even asked us, the people of the United States?

I think we really need to look at the backgrounds of all the candidates and see who is really for us, the people. A good website for this is at

Let’s be intelligent when we pick our next president. The future of our country depends on it.