During the last two weeks I listened to both Democrats and Republicans talk about change as if they created the idea. I thought "Change for the Better or Change for the Worse"?

This weekend I watched Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July". If you haven't seen it, watch it, if you have seen it, watch it again - great movie. The one thing you realize is that nothing has changed in 40 years. We are still fighting a war against an invisible enemy - then it was Communism and now it is Terrorism or Al Qaeda. As the Republicans spoke about how the surge was helping us to win the war, I thought: When we win, what do we get? Will terrorism or Al Qaeda be gone? After all, people are dying...by the thousands.

I used to think of the United States as a world leader and now I wonder who we are leading and where are we going. We are still setting records - deficits, foreclosures, commodity prices, mortgage delinquencies.....you name it. People fight for right to life so we can kill people in wars. We spend billions to fight aids in underdeveloped nations so we can exploit them. Do we really need to argue over gay marriage, a woman's right to choose or evolution? Don't we have much bigger fish to fry. Is there only one side, one political ideology or one religion? If so, which one is it?

My hope is that change means that we will become a world leader in promoting peace. Our leaders top priority should be to open a dialogue with every political and religious leader to find a way to live in peace. After all, have we learned nothing, are we that primitive that we can't find a way to get along? Hopefully, Obama or McCain are up to the challenge.

After World Peace, our leaders should focus on Prosperity, Affordable and Available Health Care, National Energy Plan and Social Security for our seniors that have worked their whole life. Only by prioritizing and focusing will we accomplish anything. These same issues have come up in every national election for as long as I can remember and we have accomplished nothing.

Sure, these are tough issues to tackle. They need to be dealt with. That is what we need leaders for. We don't want our leaders distracting the nation with social and religious issues or steroids in baseball. Leave those issues to the states or leave them behind closed doors so people can deal with them in private. We all have the right to the "pursuit of happiness". Find your path and let others find theirs.

The Feds need to focus on the big issues. They need to pull together the best minds and lead us to solutions that will provide a better future for all.

So, hopefully our leaders will establish priorities and focus on accomplishing them. They may not be the priorities that I have outlined above, but if we accomplish something then we will not be talking about the same issues in another 40 years.

What do you think? What change do you want from this election?
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  1. The economic crisis of the United States is serious this time. We have to really shape up and do the right thing for small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They contribute to the economy more than the big business.

    Big businesses earn more but pay less tax. They do so as they have a high powered attorneys and tax lawyers who look for the loop holes in the law.

    Whoever becomes a new President this time has to do fundamental changes in most of the places with the cooperation of both parties and also joining hands with House and the Senate. Individuals have to sacrifice also besides $ 700 billion dollars government has promised for the bailout of Wall Street.

    Our country is in deep trouble and the effect of our economic troubles is reflected in the world all over.

    Last thing I would like to say is: We have to stand together and pass this bad time together. Do not bicker and do the right thing possible and we all will be all right.