Monday, January 21, 2008

True Strength For America's Future

It's taken me a while to come to a place where I feel comfortable endorsing a political candidate. In my history I've never cared much for politics. I've always felt so overwhelmed by issues I couldn't understand that it seemed foolish for me to even vote.

Well, times have changed. I guess joining the workforce will do that to a person. (And working in an industry so reliant upon the economy.) Not to mention just living in Manhattan has forced me to think about issues that were perhaps not so apparent to me before.

I think Hillary said it best when she declared at a rally, "There is so much at stake." During her famous first display of public emotion, she also said, "When we look at the array of problems we have and the potential for it really spinning out of control, this is really one of the most important elections America has ever faced." With my limited experience, I have to say I agree.

To top it off, the wide array of candidates leading the race fascinates me. We've got a woman. A bi-racial man. A Mormon. A Baptist. It's never been such a diverse crowd. With each primary and caucus result I learn something new about our country. Each moment in this crazy contest speaks volumes about who we are as a people.

So, after spending perhaps too many hours up at night researching, reading, thinking, watching, feeling, talking--it is with great excitement that I choose to support Mr. Mitt Romney for president in 2008.

I would be lying if I said my being Mormon doesn't influence my opinion of Mr. Romney. Still, I have done my best to not fall into what I call the "blind sheep" category. While my lifelong experience with Mormonism does give me more motivation to support Mr. Romney, it is mostly because it gives me more faith in the good character that he advertises on TV.

But what really gets me pumped about Romney is his record as a businessman, his stance on the issues, his experience fixing things, his ability to motivate and unite, and his optimism for America's future.

I predict that Mitt will win the Republican nomination, and Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic (though I'd much rather have Mr. Obama). The fighting will be fierce, but Mitt will come out on top as our new president. Right now Mitt is in the lead on the Republican side, but we still have a long way to go.

I just found out that New York's Republican party doesn't allow non-Republicans to vote in the primary. Why did I register undeclared? Why? I'm pretty upset about this.

So I figure that if I can't vote, then at least I can help Mitt out by getting the word out about him. To many out there I think he is still an enigma. So, if you've made it this far in my post, check out this opinion piece I found in the Times. If you're still undecided, vote Mitt! If you've got a candidate you feel passionately for, I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Wes said...

Hey Seth, its your old friend Wes from BYU. It's good to know that you've been so involved in politics this year - its been the same for me. This election is the first one where I'm really studying the issues and deciding what I believe we need in the next president. To me, Mitt Romney stands out as the obvious choice if you are concerned about our economy as most of us are. He is very well spoken and adept at explaining his positions and decisions - a welcome distinction from the last eight years.

becca said...

yay mitt. yay seth.

Sasha said...

Scott is also not regeistered with any political party, but Utah sent him a letter asking him if he would like to pick a party just for the purposes of voting in the Primary. I've already mailed in my vote. I'm a ittle surprised we agree this year. I thought you'd be a little more fiscally conservative once you were making money. love you!

Bradley L. Hill said...

Mom and I just made it under the wire today...the last day to register/change affiliation in CA. As non-partisans we could have voted strategically, as allowed by the Democratic Party. But, as you helped me see on the phone, if MR's not on the ballot, he can't run against any of the possible Democratic candidates. Perhaps you can still vote strategically.

Naim said...

Well said.

Karen said...

Go Mitt! With Florida's results, Huckabee sticking it out and Guliani endorsing McCain, things are looking grim. The more I see of the senator, the less appealing he is to me. I hope the majority of the Republican voters feel the same! After following all the debates here in the nation's capital, I'm for Romney all the way. I'm holding my breath until Tuesday!