By Mike Ullery
I am not sure how much, if any, coincidence there is that this
presidential election was held within a week of Veterans Day but, at
least to me, there is significance to that proximity of dates.
This election has to go down in history as one of the most divisive,
turning Americans against each other, to the point violence in some
That alone shows us that we have some very serious problems facing
us. We were once a country that set a shining example for others, around
the world. Today, we are more laughing stock, the butt of jokes to
A week ago, the issue was choosing the best man for the job of
President of the United States. Since this is an opinion column, I will
briefly state that — in my opinion — I don't believe that we truly had a
great choice. We were forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.
Our choice of presidential candidates for this 2012 election makes me wonder if a truly presidential individual still exists in America.
I know that we are not necessarily looking for a great man. I
firmly believe the words of Admiral William F. Halsey ... "There are no
great men. Only great challenges that ordinary men are forced, by
circumstances, to meet."
Halsey came from a different generation. Americans of his time had
ambitions and values. Their values insured that, in order to achieve
their goals and ambitions, they must work, pay their dues, and climb the
"ladder" to be successful.
Today's generation of American's wants everything handed to them. No
one wants to work for anything. Many Americans can't afford to live
because the government makes it impossible to succeed.
People look at our city and county governments and complain about
what they request from citizens. They need to ask for our money because
the state continues to take away more and more money from our cities and
counties. At the same time, both the state and Federal government are
requiring more money from us. They need to pay for mandated programs. By
my way of thinking, the definition of a "mandated program" is one in
which the only real purpose is to give government jobs to people who
don't deserve them and are too lazy to get a real job. So, politicians
create a new program, steal money from local governments by "mandating"
cooperation to pay for it. In other words, a mandated government program
is nothing more than the 21st century version of a stage coach holdup
in the 1800s.
Our political machine in Washington is as corrupt as the worst days
of political corruption around Chicago from back in the days of
prohibition. (Does anyone see any significance that the most corrupt
area of our country is Chicago and that our president, and
soon-to-be-again president has close political ties to Chicago? Al
Capone would be so proud!)
Moving on, and that is what we must do now ... move on, what is
needed now is to stand together as a unified country. For better or
worse, the majority has spoken and we need to get on with the business
We must all keep watch on our leaders, let them know that we demand a
fair shake and do not care about their big-money puppeteers. Only by
banding together and loudly voicing our concerns, standing beside those
just and righteous politicians who cannot get anything done because of
their corrupt counterparts, will we ever overcome and take back our
Our veterans fought and died to make us free. We owe it to them to fight the corruption in our government to keep us free.