The countdown to the 2008 Presidential Election is drawing closer and closer. I was delighted to hear the other day that here in McDuffie County, a record number of registered voters have been added to the voter lists.
It's great to see that so many people want to take part in our election process and to voice their opinions about who best can lead our nation, regardless of which candidate you might be pulling for to become our next president. Even though there are other candidates seeking the presidency, it's almost a certainty that our next president will come from one of our two major political parties - either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.
This year's historical presidential election is like one never before. It is set apart from all others by the fact that for the first time ever, one of the major candidates happens to be an African-American - U.S Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, who has chosen as his running mate, Joe Biden. The Republican nominee, meanwhile, is longtime U.S. Senator John McCain, who has selected as his vice-presidential choice, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. It's the first time that the Republican Party has ever selected a woman as a nominee for vice president.
As Americans, we should feel deeply appreciative that we live in a country where we have the freedom to choose our president. Millions of people around the world wish they had such a democracy. Unfortunately, they don't.
Because we have such freedom, let's make sure that we registered voters actually go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to cast our ballots for the presidential candidate that we believe will better serve us. After all, it's not enough to just register to vote. Persons registered to vote must remember to vote that day.
This election is one of the most critical ones ever, in my opinion, because there are so many issues confronting all of us, from the state of our current economy to dozens of other important issues. We must make sure that when we go to the polls - either on Nov. 4 or before - taking advantage of early voting - that we take this election very seriously, because it is. The decision we make concerning the presidential election is one that will be with us for at least four years down the road.
Like many Americans across the country, I have made up my mind as to who I believe can restore America to respectable world power status again and bring our sagging economy back in line. I also believe my choice for the next president better understands how to bring about the changes that we so desperately need in America.
Remember, above everything else, that whoever you decide for in the presidential election, just please remember to vote. Let your voice be heard!