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          After watching the seemingly endless Republican candidatesí debates, which are now, thankfully over, I would have bet a whole ten dollars that President Obama would win the November election in a landslide.
          After all, the rantings of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney, pointed at each other, resembled a mosh pit of malevolence. Each of the four Republicans aimed their barbs at their fellow staid party members as though the others were inflicted with a communicable disease.
          Each candidate marched to a distinctly different drummer.
          Now that the Republican debates are over it seems that a preponderance of party members have gathered their forces and are marching in cadence with Mitt Romney.
          Romney seems to have grown a new and more authoritative stance during the past few weeks. With the absence of the intra-party debates Romney is now concentrating on looking presidential. Each day brings less wild promises and a few more rhetorical approaches to solving the nationís problems.
          If I had to bet on the electionís outcome today Iíd call it a toss-up. 
         President Obama has withdrawn into a shell, concentrating mostly on raising funds for the campaign. The president appears to have given up on correcting the major ills of our time. Heís shooting for another victory in the elections. Heís not about to permit Mitt Romney to make beachheads in electioneering while he pays attention to the problems of unemployment, national debt and insane governmental spending. First to get re-elected, secondly to cure problems.
          This campaigning craziness will have taken up more than a full year of our nationís time. Every sentence uttered from the mouths of Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, Obama and Biden was constructed as a means of either obtaining votes or not losing them.
           Fear prevails that once either Romney is elected or Obama re-elected there will be a short period of action followed by one, two or three years of stalemates with the president fearful of doing anything that could result in a loss of votes in the following election. 
           Finding the solutions to our national problems has become a secondary by-product of being elected. Representatives, Senators, even mayors and governors are caught up in the re-election conundrum. Elective office has morphed into a contest not of solving the problems of the electorate but of regaining office.
With cities, states and our federal government quivering in the midst of fiscal disaster it is time for us, the American voter, to take a stand and, with our vote, elect those men and women who will perform not just to get re-elected but to solve the problems that we face.
          The situation is getting worse with each election cycle. Today, more than one full year out of the four or six years of elected term is devoted to defending the office and the remaining three or five years is by and large spent making tender and cordial statements that will not solve our problems nor offend even one voter.
          And so, the time has come for action and the first action must be for all Americans to vote for men and women who will take on our nationís problems and find solutions.
          The future of American lies in your hand. The hand that votes.
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