I was 16 years old and a senior in high school in 1941. Franklin Roosevelt was president. I took a government class that year, I took it seriously. I learned that Roosevelt had started the Social Security program, which is still a good thing. He was also responsible for the WPA, the CCCs and other programs that made bums out of people. And I believed he helped manipulate us into World War II. I told my Democrat parents and grand parents that when I was old enough to vote, I could not vote for Roosevelt.
I could not find a statement of Democrat principles, but I found one Republican's believe: The most effective government is government closest to the people. That each personís ability, dignity, freedom, honor and responsibility must be honored. Free enterprise gives a nation good economy. That sound money management must be our goal. That we need equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all. We must retain all of those good principles of the past. That Americans should share with people everywhere through national strength and pride, a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights all over the world.
I believe Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians can work together to do the above. The two major parties deteriorated during the scandals of President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. President George W. Bush wasnít strong enough to put us back on track. President Obama? Now we have President Donald Trump!
He wasnít presidential material. But, forget his past, weíve done it before, he is trying. With the cooperation of the parties. He will get things done and make America great again! His ego wonít let him fail.
Politics arenít confusing. Look for the candidate who best fits your principles in 2020. Look at and listen to all the candidates and then vote for the one who best fits the office. Itís our duty.
ó Vergene Donovan, Spirit Lake