Americans need answers from their candidates

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 | 2:23 p.m. CDT

There is a wave of spirit washing across the plains these days, from the youth of America to this 65-year-old who has voted independently for 40-plus years. Contrary to popular opinion, there is support for Barack Obama in the "older generation."

For the first time in history, money to finance a campaign comes in small amounts from two million contributors - $5, $10, $25 to $200. These are not pledges but actual online contributions. It is really amazing to see America the Beautiful in action. There are no PAC funds behind Barack Obama's campaign, no lobbyist donations are accepted. On his campaign Web site, you fill out a form, and you must state that you are not a lobbyist.

This candidate is running an above-board campaign, without slinging mud. I'm shocked by things John McCain claims as fact without having to verify anything. There needs to be accountability in campaign statements. A candidate saying "I approve this message" doesn't necessarily make it true.

Don't you find it exciting to watch Barack inspire and motivate? It's past time to change the way government/Congress works. Our representatives in Washington have forgotten who they are representing.

This isn't a Democratic or Republican issue. It's about being an American and standing up for your country. We need answers ... to the oil crisis, the declining gross national product (we have lost a huge percentage of jobs in production, which is what our GNP is based on), the health care problem where costs way outrun cost of living every year, an education system that's broken, and a foreign policy in shambles - oh ... and yes, a couple of wars that have left us defenseless at home.

Americans, the time is now. You can believe in the ability to bring about change, and you can do something about it. Please, help us help America.

Change begins with us.


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