I believe in one America. I am an eighth grader living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but I am not a Republican or a Democrat; I’m an American and proud of it. Why must we have parties in our government? All parties do is turn Americans against each other and make for corrupt, lopsided votes in Congress, and for president. We should not vote for the candidates representing our party if they lead this country to perish in four years. Rather, we should vote for the people who we think are the best for leading this country, despite their party affiliation.
Voting for the worst candidates just because they are representing their party and making them president is exactly how my fifth grade quarterback got his position. My friend was much better; he was more accurate and faster, but our quarterback’s dad was the head coach. He chose his son not because of skill but because he was his son, his favorite. We lost the championship that year. Maybe if my friend had been chosen to be quarterback, the outcome would have been different.
As of now in 2011, our country is in bad shape, but that didn’t just happen overnight. There were a lot of things leading up to this. If only we hadn’t shut down the marketplace after 9/11, if only we weren’t in debt with Communist China, if only America didn’t run on oil. If only, if only, if only, the list goes on and on.
As of now getting ready for the 2012 presidential election, we are voting for OUR favorites. We are making poor, stupid party-line votes. Running a country is like being a coach on a football team. The people running this country are the American citizens; at least that is what the Constitution says. We, as Americans, have to make the tough decision of who is going to lead this team as the president. On a football team it doesn’t matter what you WANT to play; it matters what is best for the TEAM, and if your favorite quarterback (candidate) can’t play quarterback well, then you, the people of America, should make the right choice, the good choice.
On our American currency it states, “E Pluribus Unum” which means ‘Out of many, one”. That pretty much means out of all the states in the union we are united as one. If this is our motto, why do we not follow it? The way we ACTUALLY run our country, with a two-party system, shouldn’t it be “Out of many, two”?
Have you ever seen the way the television networks split up the states into red and blue, as Republican and Democrat states? That makes us look like two different countries. But we are really one.
We are all Americans. I know we all love our country. Let’s all make the right decision as a country. Don’t vote party-line, just vote for the better American.