REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Today, we choose our next president

For when the One Great Scorer comes To mark against your name, He writes - not that you won or l
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


For when the One Great Scorer comes

To mark against your name,

He writes — not that you won or lost

But how you played the game.

      — Grantland Rice,  20th century sportswriter

Today, Americans are choosing a new president, one who will be called upon to deal with problems and issues that have the United States teetering on the brink of financial disaster, engaging our military in war in more than one place on the globe, and struggling to keep the respect of the rest of the world.

Both candidates have plans they think would work to remedy these problems.

Both candidates are honorable men who have already given a year of their lives to selling these plans to us. Which man will have his chance to implement his plan is up to the American voters.

When people speak of “business as usual,” it’s usually not a good thing. The words have the

connotation of a “less-than-ideal situation that we are powerless to change.”

American political campaigns have long been frenzied mud-slinging sessions appealing to the lowest common denominator of human emotions, heavy in fear and hate, light on actual solutions.

One candidate ran his campaign well by these traditional standards. His campaign strategy to demonize his opponent with innuendos, half-truths and words taken out of context has brought him to within a few polling points of the presidency.

The sneering condescension toward liberalism, the pandering to women by his choice of running mate, and the spirit of devisiveness by John McCain’s campaign strategists is politics as usual.

Speaking at a McCain rally Saturday, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania cited the “hidden factor” that will help his candidate win — the behind-the-curtain secrecy that will allow Democrats to show what they really think without publicly going against their party.

Specter seems to be hoping for racism to pull McCain ahead. Hoping for racism? Counting on deceit, fear and hate as political pushes?

Way to unify America, Arlen.

Barack Obama has consistently taken the high road in this campaign. He focused on issues, pointing out the differences in McCain’s plans and his without questioning his opponent’s sincerity, treating the senior stateman with the respect he deserves.

His message is intended for all Americans without regard to their party affiliations, race, religion or gender. He called on our higher instincts to make a change in the world. He decries politics-as-usual as the old way, the way that no longer works in the world we face today.

By tonight we should know who is our new president. Americans will have made their choice.

Both men are qualified to be president. One man has conducted his campaign with calmness, dignity, graciousness and honor.

 A president who could conduct national and international business with those traits would be an asset and a refreshing change.